Sunday, January 11, 2015

Census Sunday : Virgil Lee Wright household, 1940, Madison County, Indiana

My maternal great-grandfather, Virgil Lee Wright, was enumerated in the 1940 US census in Madison County, Indiana.  His address was a farm in Monroe Township, which the census indicated was valued at $4000.

1940 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Monroe Township, enumeration district (ED) 48-59, sheet 7A, household 135, ; digital images, ( : accessed 4 January 2015); National Archives, Washington, D.C..
The family consisted of my great-grandfather, Virgil, aged 46, my great-grandmother, Muriel, aged 43, and three children : Clara, William and Barbara.  My great-grandmother, Muriel, was the source of the information given to the enumerator, indicated by the "x" next to her name.  Clara was listed as 24 years old, William was 21 years old and Barbara was 8 years old.

According to the census, the family was living in the same location in 1935, and all were born in Indiana.  Virgil and son William were working the farm, while Clara Ellen was working as a bookkeeper for the Aladdin factory, which at the time had a big presence in Alexandria.

One error in the record is that Barbara is listed as a daughter, but then is noted as being male in the record.

Census Sunday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

State & Federal census sheets are filled with information for genealogists. Both the population & non-population schedules give us insights into the lives of our ancestors. What have you found that is Surprising? Reassuring? Bewildering? Census Sunday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Colleen Pasquale of Leaves and Branches.

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