1940 US Census: Celebrity records discovered on MyHeritage


Yesterday we completed the uploading of all 1940 Census images. Users around the world have been searching the census for free and have already found their ancestors’ records at www.MyHeritage.com/1940Census.

We couldn’t resist researching the records of celebrities who were alive in 1940. Thanks to our fantastic team of genealogists, we made some exciting discoveries and we invite you to see the  census images below:

Elvis Presley

His father was a carpenter, and his mother was a seamstress, and little did they or the enumerator know what lay ahead for this 5 year old boy – Elvis.

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Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly was 10 when the enumerator came round to her family home which was worth $50,000 – a lot back then!

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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin and his wife Paulette listed as part of their household a maid, cook and chauffeur. The census was taken at the same time that Chaplin’s famous movie – “The Great Dictator” – was released.

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Albert Einstein

The Einstein household in 1940 – the same year he received his US citizenship (pictured).

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

The sitting president was not exempt from answering the enumerator’s questions! His occupation simply lists: President of USA.

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Al Capone

The notorious Al Capone gives his 1935 residence as “US Penal, Prison, Calif.”

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Fred Astaire

Fred and His wife Phyllis lived with their son, step-son, butler, butler’s wife, a cook, a maid and a nurse.

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What discoveries have you made? Have you found your family records on the 1940 census? We want to hear it. Share it via comment below, so we can all be part of this historic moment.

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  • susan

    April 5, 2012

    Thanks so much for this! I really enjoyed this page

  • Florian

    April 6, 2012

    Awesome page, Continue the fantastic work. Many thanks.

  • Maureen

    April 7, 2012

    And living right next door to Fred Astaire is Mary Pickford and her husband Buddy Rogers!

  • Maureen

    April 7, 2012

    Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers on one side of the Astaires and Charlie Chaplin on the other – that was some street!

  • Anne Grethe Larsen

    April 12, 2012

    Do you really want me to be a relative to all, who are shown on the possebel familyside? Fred Astair, Grace Kelly, Al Caponi, Einstein, or are just used for a sample. The family Kennedy comes again and again. Best wishes from Anne

  • dominique

    April 17, 2012

    I really do enjoy this information. We are privileged to have this information at our fingertips. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • Andy C.

    April 24, 2012

    You could have at least provided the ED numbers so we could look them up ourselves!

  • Aaron

    April 24, 2012

    Hi Andy. We’d be delighted to share them with you. Please contact marketing@myheritage.com

  • glenn rothe

    May 21, 2012

    15 year old John Carson, Norfolk ,Nebraska.