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:
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:
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