Sixteenth Census for Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts, 1940

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Sixteenth Census for Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts, 1940

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Census, 1940


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The Sixteenth Unites States Census records for Boston, Massachusetts in Suffolk County for 1940. The census divides the population by name, age, sex, race, marital status, residence, home owned or rented, value of home or monthly rent, whether living on a farm, other residents of same address, relation to head of house, attended school or college after March 1940, highest grade completed, state or foreign country of birth, employment status, hours of work per week, duration of employment, and wages. Supplemental questions include the father and mother's birthplace, language spoken in home during childhood, veteran status, father's veteran status, social security, usual occupation and industry, class of worker, if women have been married more than once, age at first marriage if so, and number of children born.

A notable resident listed is Edward P. Connolly, who was seventeen years old at the time. The census his older sister, Anne, as the head of the household due to both parents’ deaths years prior. Born October 31, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, Connolly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 26, 1942 and served during World War II. On December 26, 1945, he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. After his service, he returned to Massachusetts, where he served as a police officer. He was injured in the line of fire in 1955, forcing him to retire. He married Thelma Snell with whom he had two sons, Kevin and Mark. Connolly died on September 7, 1995 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


McQuliffe, Caroline E.


Digital reproduction of original census record by Caroline E. McQuliffe, April 8, 1940.

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Originally created by Helen F. McNamara and published by the United States Census Bureau.

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Anderson, Margo J. The American Census: A Social History. New Haven [u.a.]: Yale Univ. Press, 2015.


McQuliffe, Caroline E. and United States Census Bureau, “Sixteenth Census for Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts, 1940,” RICHES, accessed May 28, 2024,