The Girl Next Door in the 1940 Census.

The information  below was extracted from the 1940 Census for my husband’s ALBERDING family.

Source: 1940 US Census, District of Columbia, population schedule Washington, Enumeration District (ED) 1-378 . sheet number 8A., Line numbers 18-25, Conrad A Alberding; NARA digital images; http://1940census.archives.gove/ (accessed April 3, 2012)

From this image we learn the following about the ALBERDING Family.

On April 19, 1940, Arthur Alberding provided the following information to the census taker, based on things as they were 18 days before, on April 1, 1940.

The ALBERDING family was living at 705 Quincey Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia. They owned their home, valued at $7000 and had lived at this address in 1935 as well. All of the family members are white.

Conrad A. Alberding (the Head of the House) was 49 years old on his last birthday. Conrad was born in Holland and was a Naturalized Citizen of the United States. He completed 8 years of school. We learn that Conrad is the Manager of the Press Club (Editorial Note: The National Press Club) and his industry code is Liquor Store, so the Club at that time functioned primarily as a bar. He worked 40 hours during the week of March 24-March 30, 1940 and for a full 52 weeks during 1939, earning $4000 for the year.

Conrad was married to Bessie H. Alberding, who turned 45 on her last birthday. Bessie was born in England and was a Naturalized Citizen of the United States. She completed 9 years of school. Bessie engaged in home housework for the week of March 24-March 30, 1940, just as she had in 1939. She earned no salary, so it can be assumed she was keeping house in her own home.

The other household members listed here include the children of Conrad and Bessie Alberding:

Ellen M. Alberding, who turned 24 on her last birthday, was born in Pennsylvania and completed 4 years of high school. She was employed as a Private Secretary at the C & P Telephone Company1 and worked there 39 hours during the week of March 24-March 30, 1940. Ellen was employed in the same job for the full 52 weeks of 1939, earning $1200 for the year.

Annetta Alberding turned 22 on her last birthday. She was born in New York and completed 4 years of high school. Annetta received some college education. She is listed as in school in 1940.

Conrad Alberding, Jr. turned 21 on his last birthday. He was born in New York and completed 4 years of high. Conrad earned $1880 in 1939 as a Clerk at the United States Department of the Treasury. During the week of March 24-March 30, 1940 he worked 39 hours at the same job.

Arthur Alberding, the family member who gave this information to the census taker, turned 17 years old on his last birthday. He was born in the District of Columbia and had completed 3 years of high school. During the week of March 24-March 30, 1940, Arthur was still a student, so was finishing his 4th year of high school when the census was taken.

In addition to the Alberding family, the household included two lodgers, Charles B. Dew and his wife, Estelle. Charles was born in North Carolina, completed 4 years of high school and was a Meat Cutter at a retail grocery. He worked 44 hours during the week of March 24-March 30, 1940 and a full 52 weeks at the same job in 1939, earning $1440 in 1939. Estelle, who turned 27 on her last birthday, was also born in North Carolina. She completed 4 years of high school and was engaged in home housework for both the week of March 24-March 30, 1940 and all of 1939. As she earned no wages, home housework in the Alberding home may have paid some part of their rent. Charles and Estelle Dew were lodgers in the Alberding home in 1935 as well.

Footnotes:

1. Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company

NOTE: Census data is not always accurate. Do not rely on the data given to the census taker, as errors are often made. Verify dates of birth, places of birth, and other vital details. Bessie Hines Alberding was born 18 Sep 1892, so would have been 48 years old when the 1940 census was taken. Ellen Alberding was born 4 Feb 1914, so she would have been 26 years old in April 1940. I have not verified the education of the parents, Conrad and Bessie. The years of high school appear to be correct for the Alberding children as all graduated from high school and several attended some college. Census records are a valuable tool, but are not a substitute for official vital records.

Template for this extraction is based on the work of Spencer Fields, who is working towards a degree in Genealogy from Brigham Young University.

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3 thoughts on “The Girl Next Door in the 1940 Census.

  1. Re: Spencer Fields
    I was incorrect in my assumption that he is degreed. He has one class to complete for his degree. Can you edit?

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