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Saturday, March 17, 2012

1940 Census: Any Surprises?

1940: That year was the first U.S. census since 1850 without Papa Crespin. Remember, he can be found in Los Angeles – not Socorro – with his daughter Domitila in the 1930 census. He died in 1937 in Socorro.

In 1940, we would expect to see that Crespin’s house on the 300 block of Mt. Carmel Street in Socorro, N.M., was being occupied by his son Rogerio and family. Daughter Dolores and her husband, Vivian Stapleton, probably were living two doors away at 321 Mt. Carmel Street. A Luna family probably lived between them.

In 1940 records, we also expect to see that our many families were pretty much living in the same places that they had been living in 1930. Socorro families remained in Socorro, and California families remained in California. The limitation we may find with the 1940 census is that it was taken just before World War II, when our families were on the move. For instance, many young men joined the service in the early '40s and met future spouses from faraway places.

But we’ll have to see when the census is released on April 2. One in 20 households was given extra questions to answer that year. Were our families among those in the sampling?

Here are some tips from the National Archives if you want to be among the first to look up 1940 families. We’ll address some families on this blog in future posts.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

1885 Census: No Surprises

The 1885 New Mexico Territorial census is a mid-decade U.S census that could offer clues to family questions. But in the case of the Crespin-Andrea family, that record doesn’t have much new to offer. In June 1885, Crespin and family are living in Enumeration District 32, Precinct 1, in Socorro. No surprises here:
C. Torres, 40, farmer
Andrea, 32, wife
Monica, 14, daughter
Polonio, 12, son
Ignacio, 10, son
Jose, 4, son
Doloritas, 2, daughter
Moses Sanchez, 36, laborer (son-in-law)
Domitilia, 18, wife
Manuela, 10/12, daughter (that should be Marcelina)

So just for the heck of it, what else did that census show?

  • For one thing, Socorro’s population included a lot of miners and people in occupations related to mining, as the town was in the midst of a mining boom.


  • Andrea’s brother Julian J. Trujillo was living in the community of San Antonio with his first wife Monica and two adopted children named Pabla, 13, and Miguel 1 1/2. Julian is a lawyer.


  • The mortality schedule shows many folks died that year from whooping cough, stomach disease, fever, measles, consumption and childbirth. Only one death appears to be from a shooting. The town doctors were Dr. Davis and Dr. Thorne, but very few of the dying people were under a doctor’s care. Probably the most unusual death was a 60-year-old shepherd who was killed by a falling rock.