Wednesday, August 1, 2012

1940 Census: Descendants of Domitila Sanchez

In 1940, Domitila Sanchez was 70 years old and living with her daughter and son-in-law in Fresno. Families of Domitila’s other children were split between California and New Mexico.

Here’s a rundown:
  • Frank F. Sanchez lived on Atrisco Road in the Albuquerque area with his wife and five children. Two of his children, Plutarco and Moises, were already grown and in their own households in Albuquerque.
  • Victor B. lived on Marble Street in Albuquerque with his first wife and six children.
  • Domitila’s granddaughter Andreita Gonzales (Domitila’s eldest child Marcelina had died) lived on a farm in Lemitar, N.M., with her husband and five children.
  • Henry Sanchez and his first wife lived on Nord Street in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles called Willowbrook.
  • Joe and his wife lived on Soto Street in Los Angeles with two children.
  • Where’s Crespin Sanchez? The newly released census index doesn’t help in finding this son of Domitila’s. Could he be a lodger at the home of the Bartolo Najera family in Stockton, Calif.? Maybe, but there is not enough matching information to confirm that. Crespin lived in the Los Angeles area most of his life, and is listed in Los Angeles voting records in the ’40s and ’50s.

Summing Up: Several recent blog posts have looked at our family members in the 1940 census. What did we learn? One couple was separated. One young man had joined the service before WWII broke out.
But mostly, the year 1940 set the stage for a lot of movement by our family members. Most of our families answered, “Where did you live in 1935?” with the answer “same place.” It would be interesting to see what the answers would be in 1950 to “Where were you in 1945?” But unfortunately that is not a question in the 1950 census. And it will be 10 long years before those records are released.

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