1939 Westerly City DIR, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.
Why I am not excited by the 1940 census!
This snippet of a page from the 1939 Westerly, RI City Directory explains my lack of interest in spending time searching for ED's and making list of people to look up before the indexing process is complete.
Oh, I started a list. I did. When I pulled it out this weekend, it suddenly dawned on me why it was so short.
By 1940, my family was becoming smaller and smaller. Even my immigrant Scottish grandparents had died.
This snippet shows my Aunt as head of household as my grandfather, Thomas, her father, died on 21 April 1937. What I didn't notice the first time I read this was that my father, also named Thomas, is listed as "Harcom" which was what his middle name sounded like.
My father, given the same name as his father, was given a family surname, Harcomb for his middle name, in memory of his great grandmother, Margaret Harcomb, wife of Thomas Broadfoot.
It pays to go back over your previous research. Despite knowing that he was called that, I didn't notice this listing. I was too excited to have the exact date of my grandfather's death so that a friend could find his death record for me.
In 1939, my father was still living at home, so now I have the address. The only mystery was where is my father's brother, who also lived at this address. He didn't marry until 1951 and he suffered from epilepsy. I think he should be living here.
On my mother's side, I know where she is in 1940. She is living at home and going to college. My maternal grandparents bought a house while she was in high school, so I know they still live there. My family on that side kept great records so I know exactly who was living in Heaven by 1940. I don't think that location was enumerated.
Why don't I care? Well, because the 1940 census substitute of the city directories of many places in Rhode Island are so great and because so much of my family was dead by 1940.
Oh, yes, and because I wasn't born yet. Yes, it is all about me.