Thursday, April 19, 2012

Upcoming Event : Birthday Party For the 1940 Census, April 23

The genealogical community has been abuzz with the recent release of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2.  Unlike 1930 and all of the preceding returns, the 1940 is the first to emerge in digital format only, rather than microfilm.  Also unlike 1880 thru 1930, there is no benefit of WPA-generated indexes or soundex.  As a result, all of the major players in the online community have launched the images of the 1940 census, and are scrambling to be the first to make every-name indexes available.

To help acquaint users with how to best access & use the census, the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is sponsoring "A 1940 U.S. Census Birthday Party Celebration," Monday, April 23, 6 p.m., at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur.  The speaker for the evening will be area genealogist, James N. Jackson, who will give two lectures:
  • "Using U.S. Census Records" - 6 p.m. (Family History Essentials mini-class)
  • "The 1940 U.S. Census" - 7 p.m.
Integrated into the program will be some history of the taking of the 1940 census, a list of online access sites, and tips for locating families in the census without the availability of an index.  Everyone will also be provided with handouts including a blank 1940 census form which asked 34 different questions of each person enumerated and an additional 16 questions for those who were asked Supplementary Questions.  

At the end of the presentation will be a Question & Answer period, and those in attendance will be treated with a "birthday cake," and other refreshments.  The evening is a public program, open to members & visitors alike.  Contact the society with any questions.

Nameless Picture of the Day
 "Grandmother Fitzpatrick"
Charcoal Enhanced Photograph
Submitted by Sherry Brooks

On back of photo reads:
 "Mr. Harley 601 E. Main St. Hartford, MI"

Can you identify "Grandmother Fitzpatrick" in this charcoal print with possible connections to Hartford?  The submitter found this in her home and has no other identification than provided here.  Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the photo's catalog number with your e-mail.