Sixteenth Census Population for Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, 1940

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Sixteenth Census Population for Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, 1940

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Census, 1940


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Population--United States


The Sixteenth Unites States Census records for Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, 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 individual listed in this record is Corporal John T. Bauer (1936-1995), who appears on sheet 1B, line 75. Corporal Bauer was born to Edward and Winnifred Bauer on May 4, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan. At the time of the census, Bauer was four years old and Edward was an assistant elevator starter. Bauer’s parents are listed on lines 70 and 71, and his four siblings are listed on lines 72, 73, 74 and 76. James joined the United States Marine Corps on January 11, 1954. His military career lasted three years and he left the Marine Corps as a corporal. He died on October 22, 1995, and is interned at 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 Project. 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.


Galefaert, Eugene J.


Digital reproduction of original census record by Eugene Joseph Galefaert, April 2, 1940.

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Originally created by Eugene J. Galefaert 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.