02 April 2012

The Legal Genealogist on "Connie Potter on the 1940 Census"

The Legal Genealogist did a great post on Thursday titled “Connie Potter on the 1940 Census.” It’s particularly nice because it’s short and sweet and informative about the 1940 census, released earlier today!

Just reading this piece I learned that ...

“In the employment questions, Columns 21-33, you may find people who were in the CCC but who are enumerated with their families at home and not at one of the CCC camps. That’s because only the people who were actually employed by the government to run the camps were supposed to be enumerated at the camps.”

This is very important!  CCC records can be an excellent source of information about people from the mid-1930s till the early 1940s and if you find out that they were employed by the CCC – run and don’t walk to get their personnel file!

Other “contextual” pieces of information are included and as genealogists, we know that the “context” of information is critical to accurately understanding and assessing it!

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