We have recently added the 1940 US Federal Census to Ancestry.com.au with the states of New York, Washington DC, Delaware, Maine and Nevada currently searchable by name.
Here are just a handful of recognizable names we’ve discovered in Washington DC and New York.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
President Franklin Roosevelt and wife Eleanor are in the White House, just where you’d expect them.
The census taker arrived at the Gay family residence on Marvin’s first birthday April 2, where Marvin was enumerated along with his father Marvin Sr., who was a preacher, his mother, Alberta, and one brother and one sister.
J. Edgar Hoover
Living alone at 413 Seward Square in Washington, D.C., Hoover, the FBI director, had been leading the bureau (formerly the Bureau of Investigation) since he was appointed director in 1924 by Calvin Coolidge, and he would continue in that role until his death in 1972.
“The Great Kate” was in New York acting in the stage version of The Philadelphia Story, which had closed its year-long run at the Shubert Theater just a few days before the census was taken. She wouldn’t be in New York for long though, as she needed to be back in Hollywood where the movie version of The Philadelphia Story began filming in July of that year.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
The philanthropist and iconic businessman had driven “The Last Rivet” in the final original building in Rockefeller Center the previous year and was basking in the success of his now-thriving “city within a city.”
Billie [Elnora] Holiday
Born Eleanora Harris, Billie lists her occupation as a singer in a night club, and is living with her mother, Sadie, and friend and fellow musician, Irene Wilson.
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