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               This was the sixteenth census conducted since 1790. There were 134 million individuals enumerated this census year. The schedules cover the 48 states as well as Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

            As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

            If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.

Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

            Note: The images for the United States Census, 1940 were captured digitally; therefore there is no microfilm that can be ordered for viewing. 

            There are occasions when names were missed when the indexes and images were linked and placed online. If you know the address of the person you are searching for you might try this site by Steve Morse: http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html which will help you find the Enumeration District. After you obtain the enumeration district, go to the 1940 United States Census and enter the information you can in the 1940 residence boxes. You can then move to that area and check the enumeration districts.

            There are also instances where pages were filmed out of order causing families to be linked incorrectly. Always check page numbers and surrounding images if you have questions. 

1.     Full name

2.     Race

3.     Age (can be used to calculate an approximate birth year)

4.     Relationship to the head of household (active military personnel in naval yards, army posts, etc. may use the term "Sailor" or list military rank rather than actual relationship to head of household)

5.     Birthplace of the individual and the parents (included even if the parents were not members of the household)

6.     Marital status (single, married, widowed, or divorced)

7.     Year immigrated to the United States

8.     Whether a naturalized citizen

9.     Occupation

10.  Native language if foreign-born and whether can speak English

11.  Whether a military veteran

12.  Street address and house number

13.  Where people lived 5 years before

14.  Highest educational grade achieved

15.  Detailed income and occupation


          1940 United States Federal Census  Ancestry.com


Name: Benjamin B Dunn

Age: 33

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1907

Gender: Male

Race: White

Birthplace: Florida

Marital Status: Married

Relation to Head of House: Head


Home in 1940: Sarasota, Florida

Inferred Residence in 1935: Sarasota, Florida

Residence in 1935: Same Place

Resident on farm in 1935: No

Sheet Number: 61A

Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 2


Occupation: Fisherman

Industry: Commercial Own Boat

House Owned or Rented: Owned

Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 1000

Attended School or College: No

Highest Grade Completed: High School, 1st year

Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 30

Class of Worker: Working on own account

Weeks Worked in 1939: 20

Income: 360

Income Other Sources: Yes


Household Members: Name Age

Benjamin B Dunn   33

Isa M Dunn   33

Joseph L Dunn   12

Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place:  , Sarasota, Florida; Roll: T627_617; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 58-15.


Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.




1940 United States Federal Census  FamilySearch.org

Name: Benjamin B Dunn

Titles and Terms:      

Event Type:     Census

Event Date:     1940

Event Place:    Laurel, Election Precinct 7, Sarasota, Florida, United States

Gender:           Male

Age:     33

Marital Status:           Married

Race (Original):           White

Race:   White


Relationship to Head of Household (Original):        Head

Relationship to Head of Household:            Head

Birthplace:      Florida

Birth Year (Estimated):          1907

Last Place of Residence:         Same Place

District:           58-15

Family Number:          2

Sheet Number and Letter:     61A

Line Number:  7

Affiliate Publication Number:           T627

Affiliate Film Number:           617

Digital Folder Number:          005449608

Image Number:          00412


Household      Role     Gender            Age      Birthplace

Benjamin B Dunn       Head   M         33        Florida

Isa M Dunn     Wife    F          33        North Carolina

Joseph L Dunn            Son      M         12        Florida


Citing this Record:

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VTCT-F17 : accessed 30 December 2014), Benjamin B Dunn, Laurel, Election Precinct 7, Sarasota, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 58-15, sheet 61A, family 2, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 617, NARA digital publication of T627, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.




 Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Tuesday, January 25, 1972

Area Obituaries

Sarasota County



   Benjamin Bear Dunn, 64, 616 Pameto Rd., Nokomis, died Monday at Venice Hospital. He was a native of Nokomis and lived there all his life.

   He was the owner of Fishermen's Wharf restaurant since 1950, and was a life member of the Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church, a charter member and past president of the Venice Rotary Club, charter member of Venice Elks Lodge 1854, and a member of Sarasota Odd Fellows 73.

   He leaves his widow, Isa Mae, Nokomis; a son, Joseph Lewis, Nokomis; half brothers, H. M. Ringo, Chicago, Ill., France Ringo, Windsor Locks, Conn., C. L. Ringo, Miakka City, Fred L. Ringo, Venice, Eddie Bearof, Bradenton; two half sisters, Mrs. L. F. Brimmer, Bradenton, and Mrs. Mary Macatee, Miami; and two grandchildren.

   Services will be held at the Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church Wednesday at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Holland Vaughn. Burial will be at Nokomis Cemetery.

   Friends may call at the Rawles Funeral Home in Venice today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.


courtesy of Rhonda Ray



Benjamin Bear Dunn was the son of Homer Alonzo Bear, son of Benjamin Bear.

Benjamin Bear Dunn was raised by Walter & Mina Bear Dunn.

Both of his birth parents remarried.




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