The 1940 census came out earlier this month. Even though the images haven’t been indexed I have been having fun trying to find family members. I found my Great Grandmother Maria Sophia living beside her sons Bryce and Everett with their families. I found my great aunt Olive in Washington. But finding my grandmother was tricky. She was born and raised in Brown, York, Nebraska and that is where she raised her family and lived until shortly before her death. But she wasn’t in York in 1940. I remembered that she married in September 1938 and that grandpa put Terrebound, Oregon as his place of residence on the marriage certificate. So I tried Terrebonne, Oregon and sure enough there they were. She was a school teacher who listed her age as 20 (she was really 36) and he was a potato farm grader. This is the second time she lied about her age, the first being on her marriage certificate where she said she was 22 and she was really 34.
I have been waiting several years in anticipation of the release of the 1940 census so that I could find my friend’s dad. She didn’t know very much about her dad or his side of the family but since he was born in 1937 I knew I had a good chance of finding him with parents in this census. And sure enough I found him. Once I had his parents’ names I could trace his family back several more generations which was a fun thing to do for my friend. She had always believed her last name, Boyett, was French but I found that the name had changed spelling several times and was actually an English family.