Monday, April 23, 2012

1940 Census Finds–Carl and Hilda Gillberg

I wanted to find my paternal great-grandparents, Carl Albert and Hilda Maria Gillberg in the 1940 census. Carl and Hilda were the parents of my grandmother, Ingrid Anna Gillberg. Well, I am happy to say that I was able to find Carl and Hilda in the 1940 census! Here’s the process I went through to find them:
  
I knew they were in Los Angeles, California in 1930.  Here they are in the 1930 census:

1930 United States Federal Census - Carl and Hilda Gilberg - Cropped
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 145; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 332; Image: 800.0; FHL microfilm: 2339880.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

You may remember from my previous post Wedding Wednesday - Arthur Harry Iverson and Ingrid Anna Gilberg, that Arthur and Ingrid were married at the home of Ingrid’s parents in Ely, Nevada in 1931.  So I did a search in the 1940 census for Nevada (yep, that state is now searchable), in case they were still there in 1940.  No luck!  Okay, now what?
 
I looked more closely at what information I had for Carl and Hilda and what else I could find on them from Ancestry.com and voila!  Here were clues I could use!  Carl and Hilda both immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden.  They both had Declarations of Intention from 1939 and those papers had an address on them!  Hurray!  I also found a U.S. Naturalization Record Index Record for Hilda from 1942 and that had an address on it as well!  The addresses from the 1939 and 1942 documents were different.  Well, now I had something to go on!  So, it’s off to SteveMorse.org I went in hopes of finding them in the 1940 census!

I didn’t find them in the first couple of Enumeration Districts I tried.  (Operator error – apparently I hadn’t entered the correct cross streets…silly me.) I decided to keep on looking and after entering the correct cross streets…Eureka!…Here they were at the address they listed in their Declaration of Intention documents in 1939!  Persistence paid off!  So, here are my great-grandparents, Carl and Hilda, in the 1940 Census:


1940 United States Federal Census - Carl and Hilda Gilberg - Cropped
Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census (Beta) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
It’s really amazing what the 1940 census can tell us about the kinds of lives our ancestors were living at that time.  It was kinda sad to see that my Great-Grandpa Carl was working as a vegetable peddler from a private truck.  Of course, this was during the Great Depression.  The census states that Carl was engaged in Public Emergency Work, and was seeking employment at the time.  In Sweden he worked as a tinsmith, according to a passenger list and subsequently he worked as a baker and laborer here in the U.S. according to several census records and my own grandmother’s Ingrid's personal history.  I really appreciate the sacrifices my ancestors made to come here to the U.S.!


Copyright © Jana Last 2012

4 comments:

  1. There's something rather FUN about having to take multiple steps to get to the answer. I love it when I have a clue which leads me to another clue which leads me to this source that sends me to that one and then I get to the answer. I feel all smart. And thank goodness for Steve Morse!

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    1. Wendy, I agree with you. Taking multiple steps makes the FIND that much more satisfying doesn't it? (And yes, that smart feeling is fun too!)

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  2. I've been wanting to dig into family details
    sounds like you have fun...

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    1. Leslie, It really is fun and interesting to find these fascinating details about our ancestors! You should go for it and begin your digging!

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