Kostakos in the 1940 Census

The release of the 1940 U.S. Census yesterday is a huge boost for genealogy research. I am very excited to be able to learn more about my family by finding my grandparents and extended family members. Over the years, I’ve heard my parents talk about cousins, aunts and uncles with whom they had lost touch and whom I never had the opportunity to meet. I know that I as I find them in the census, I will come to love them and feel the special ties that they had with my parents. This the joy of genealogy research — an extension of love and family.

Because there is no name index for this census yet, I cannot go to a website, type in a name, and have my ancestors’ names pop up. In a few months, I will be able to do so. But for now, I need to have an Enumeration District (ED) number, which I obtained by getting my family’s address on April 1, 1940, then using an online tool developed by Steve Morse (found here) to obtain the ED.

Dad had told me that his parents lived 292 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York. I found Papou’s World War II Draft Registration card which verified that was his address.

John Kostakos, World War II Draft Registration Card

John Kostakos, World War II Draft Registration Card

Using Steve Morse’s tool, I learned that the ED for yiayia and papou’s address was 24-551. I then went to http://1940census.archives.gov, looked up the ED and found their census record:

1940 US Census, John Kostakos & Family

1940 US Census, John Kostakos & Family

My grandparents are found on lines 65-71, and on line 72 is my grandfather’s brother, Bill, whom Dad fondly called “Uncle Bill.” Living two houses away on lines 56-57 is the Semetis family. Aspasia, wife of Peter, is my grandmother’s sister. If you look at the very bottom of the census page, you will see that Dad’s sister, Pauline, answered some additional questions as did her cousin, Harry Semetis.

As I look through more census records in the weeks ahead, I will use the 1940 New York Telephone Directory to help me locate specific addresses. I was elated to see this link on a blogpost today.

Wishing you much success as you hunt for your family treasure in the 1940 Census!

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