When I heard that the 1940 censuses would be released in 2010, I was so excited! I had counted down the days until it was opened to the public…
Then 2010 came & nada… Not even an image to scroll through… I waited patiently….
Then 2011 came & they were finally indexing them… And still nothing! I was so upset & disheartened. How long do I have to wait? For a genealogist or family historian new censuses release is like crack cocaine to a junkie!
Then 2012 came with some random clippings & rough unindexed images. What is going on?
(This is where I completely set aside all genealogy research…. I had so many other pressing things to focus on…)
Of course there’s the indexing, and scanning & uploading, & I’m sure business deals.
Finally! It’s out!!! The indexed & uploaded 1940 census is open for I line viewing to the general public.
I immediately start clicking on my little leaves (hints) that Ancestry.com has so nicely added to my trees. It turns out that the 1940 census isn’t any my hints, but rather Find A Grave listings.
Then down the family, closer to my heart-strings, I find the 1940 census for my dear Grands, Darylne Marie Buckingham Standlee.
Growing up, she told me of the very few details she could remember from her early childhood: Her father, Chester Ivan Buckingham, was a musician. They had a neighbor Mrs. Covington that sometimes helped them out.
After that, she was fuzzy about what she remembered because so many always kept telling her she remembered incorrectly, including a fourth child born unto her parents.
You can only imagine my excitement when I found this 1940 census. My Grands, the most loyal & honest person I know, was vindicated against all odds & gets to keep her memories/stories at the top of my priority list.
1940 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA living at 10224 Morris Street was my great grandparents & my Grands. Her father, Chester Ivan Buckingham was a musician working at a dance hall. And the wonderful neighbor she could recall, Mrs. [Hazel] Covington.
I’m not validating the story of the youngest sibling, Chester Ivan Buckingham, Jr. being adopted out to their Uncle Maurice Buckingham, & them having his name changed to Bruce Buckingham. However, I am saying there is a missing fourth child of this family which now cannot be denied.
I cannot imagine growing up in a world of smoking mirrors, confusion, & imposes doubt. I wish my Grands was here to share this with. I’m not sure it would’ve jarred more memories that would’ve given me more solidified clues. However, Grands would be smiling from above knowing that she is not “insane” or had some confusion. There was a fourth child at one time in her family.