I don’t know why, but this family history research is making me really hungry today!
I have been trying to figure out what the entry is in the Occupation column for my wife’s great-grandfather in the 1940 census. The Industry is clearly “City Subway” and the Occupation sort of looks like “Track-Man” but the way the letters are formed in the first syllable I have a feeling that is not what it is supposed to say.
For reference, here is a link to the full 1940 census page on Ancestry.
He was listed as a Signalman for the Long Island Railroad in the 1930 census, if that’s any clue. Anyone with an idea?
While searching through the 1901 and 1911 Irish census today, I looked at the “Age + or – 5 years” search field and thought, “Hmm.”
Because, that’s the sound thinking makes.
I wondered, who was the oldest person enumerated in the entire census?
The winner is John McDonough of House 7 in Drimmeen, Errislannon, Galway who was 122 years old. Assuming his age was correct (ahem), he would have been born in 1779.
But don’t worry about old John – he’s got his 90 year old wife and 95 year old sister-in-law to take care of him.
Various occupations of those not retired are “Labourer”, “Jobbing, Gardiner”, “Begging”, “Nurse”, “Farmer” and “Optician.”
A nice 1940 Census Infographic courtesy of Archives.com -
While watching today’s Ancestry.com webinar and seeing Crista Cowan‘s census table, I noodled around on the Google and created a quick version for download. Just enter names, birth and death years and it will calculate the persons age during each census from 1850 to 1940.
Act now and it will also gray out cells for censuses in which the person was not around!
Below is a static version – apparently you can embed Google spreadsheets, but they aren’t editable. Visit this link to use a live version of it.
Until relatively recently, there was no way to lock particular cells in a Google Docs spreadsheet. They have reported that cell protection now has been implemented – but I have found it doesn’t really work properly, thusly I am leaving the whole sheet editable for now.
So, Please be sure just to change the data in the green cells if you try it out!
(Don’t worry, I’ve got copies in case the sheet gets borked. And hey you – YES YOU, we all know you don’t have any Walter Melons in you tree so no funny names, Mister Smartypants.)
You can also download a copy to use in your own Excel or Open Office software by clicking File… Download As… and saving it to your computer.
Makes a great stocking stuffer!