As I am typing this, it is noon on April 2, 2012. I thought I would be indexing all day today (and took the day off to be sure I could do just that), but apparently the images won't be available for indexing until later this afternoon. Instead I decided to utilize the hours of prep work I did to search for some of the people on my list.
I have a total of 37 people/families in 16 different enumeration districts to locate on the 1940 census. Shouldn't take more than a couple of hours, right? WRONG!
To be fair, I knew the NARA servers would be overloaded and very slow. With all the hype, how could it be any other way? Another reason I took the day off from work. (It is entirely on principle that I am not doing any searching on Ancestry today).
In the last 3 hours since the census images were officially released, I have managed to download one enumeration district, for Mayfield, Yankton Co., South Dakota. In that one district, I found 4 people on my list.
The first person I located was my 2nd great grandmother, Theresa (Burns) Slowey, on page 4A, line 19.
She is listed as a 74-year-old widow with a 5th grade education, living with her son Clarence (also the informant), his wife, and their 5 children. She was living in the same house in 1935. Clarence has an 8th grade education and is listed as a farmer. He is also listed as having been employed in non-emergency government work during the week of March 24-30, and having received more than $50 in income other than wages/salary. I wonder what that was.
(There is also a Nate B. Slowey listed on line 32, but I have no idea who this person is. A little mystery I get to solve, I suppose!)
I also found Clarence's brother Clement listed on page 7A, line 22, with his wife and son. He has an 8th grade education and is listed as a farm laborer. He is also listed as having been employed in non-emergency government work and receiving more than $50 in incoming other than wages/salary.
Another relative, Peter Slowey, was found on page 6A, line 28. He only has a 3rd grade education and is listed as a farmer. His wife, Maud (Cook), is on line 29, which means she gets to answer the supplementary questions. She's the only one I have found so far who falls into that category. I know that this is her first marriage and she married at age 34, and her parents were both born in South Dakota. Unfortunately, that's all these supplemental questions tell me. I suppose it is much more fortuitous if the persons on lines 14 and 29 are male veterans who are employed.
So I have a few questions to answer: (1) Who is Nate B. Slowey and does he fit into my tree somehow? (2) What is this "other" income of $50+? (3) What falls into the category of "non-emergency government work?"
Now ... to formulate a proper citation for these records. That may take the rest of the day.
Do we share any ancestors? Please email me at lostancestors [at] gmail [dot] com