Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Ancestors in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census - Part 1

April 1st was Census Day for the 1930 U.S. Federal Census. In honor of that census day, throughout the month of April I am posting lists of my known direct ancestors and where they were residing during that census. I'll also list who's missing; for us family historians, missing individuals on census records can be the most frustrating and intriguing challenges of genealogy!

(The census image has been removed)

My paternal grandfather, Robert Lewis "Bob" ROBBINS, was nearly 10 years old, and living with his parents, William Bryan ROBBINS, Sr. and Marie LEWIS, his brothers Bill, Jr. and Lloyd ("Jack"), sister Shirley, and uncle Angelo Merrick ROBBINS, Jr. on East Broadway, in Norton Township, Muskegon County, Michigan. This may be the same house that his paternal grandparents lived in, which is listed as 2782 East Broadway, Fruitport Township in their obituaries of 1950 and 1965 (perhaps the township boundary lines changed...something to look into!). Bob's grandparents I'm referencing here are actually his paternal grandmother, Mary May "Lula" KIMBALL, and his step-grandfather, Orlando "Lan" Horace KENFIELD. The odd thing is, neither Lula nor Orlando nor her youngest son Donald Charles ROBBINS are enumerated at this address, nor anywhere else that I can find in all of the 1930 census!

(Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12)

There is a nice group shot of Lula, Lan, Angelo and a couple of Angelo's sons on the porch of the Broadway house on Lula's AnceStory page. You may need to set your screen resolution to 800 x 600 pixels to view this page correctly.
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