My main goal for the 1940 census was to find all of my grandparents, as this is the first time any of them were listed on a census record.
Last, but not least, is Grandparent number 4 (according to my pedigree chart), Marlyn Whitehead. She was also the last one I found, which is pretty ironic considering she was the one I most wanted to find. My Gramma Casell has been with me every step of the way on my genealogy journey and I was very excited to find her on a census and show it to her.
She took a while to find as the address I had for her parents in 1943 from a SS-5 form was not where they were living in 1940. After asking her for other recommendations (after all, she should totally know where she lived at age 4), I learned that Ancestry.com’s personal subscriptions have city directories that library subscriptions do not. One 2 week trial later, I had an address: 87 Ullman, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. She is listed with her parents, William and Vera (Gress), her five sisters and her grandmother, Elizabeth (Fink) Gress.
1940 U.S. census, Erie County, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, enumeration district (ED) 64-472, sheet 12B, dwelling 87, family 257, Wm. H. Whitehead household; digital images, National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 Census (http://1940census.archives.gov : accessed 3 Apr 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T627, roll 02837.