Sixteenth Census Population for New York City, Borough of Brooklyn, 1940


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Sixteenth Census Population for New York City, Borough of Brooklyn, 1940

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Census, 1940


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Population--United States


The Sixteenth United States Census records for Kings County, Brooklyn, New York City, New York 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 in this record is Giosue Nasso (1894-1961). Nasso was born on October 13, 1894, although his tombstone claims that he was born on December 12, 1894. He came to New York as an Italian immigrant at the age of nineteen. Before he got married to Santina, he registered for the draft on May 29, 1918, and served during World War I. By 1940, Santina and Giosue had four children: Vincent, Peter, Theresa, and Carmen. For the remainder of his life, Giosue lived in Brooklyn. He died on June 3, 1961 at the age of sixty-seven, and was buried in the Long Island National Cemetery in New York. However, he was relocated to the Florida National Cemetery, where he was buried along with his wife. "Together Forever" is written on Santina's side of tombstone.

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.


Walsh, Gran


Digital reproduction of original census record by Gran Walsh, April 15, 1940.

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Originally created by Gran Walsh 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.


Walsh, Gran and United States Census Bureau, “Sixteenth Census Population for New York City, Borough of Brooklyn, 1940,” RICHES, accessed June 23, 2024,