Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips #3

On the Census there is an X next to my ancestor’s name! Why?

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 March 2021), Texas > Austin > Justice Precinct 3 > 8-9 Justice Precinct 3 SE of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (Sealy-Eagle Lake Branch) and W of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (main line); Immaculate Conception School, Sealy (part), Sealy Hospital (Dr. F. W. Hoover, Owner) > image 10 of 37; citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.

This is an easy one! The X is who the informant was. Sadly this only works for the 1940 census as that was the only census that recorded the informant. Even so this can tell you a lot of about the family, who was home and what they called their family/roommates. What interesting information have you found in the 1940 Census?

By SlavicGenealogy

A Polish-American Genealogist. Member of The Hidden Branch, NextGen, TheirVoices Podcast. Student of The National Institute of Genealogical Studies. My Field of specialty is Western Slavic research (Polish, Czech, and Slovak). Dabbles in Irish, Romanian, Italian, and German Research. Massive lover of immigration research and always willing to step outside of my research field.

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