Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Darned Census Holiday Greeting

Records say the darnedest things

We depend upon records to reveal the “truth” about our pasts.

Yet sometimes records have anomalies.
Some are amusing or humorous.
Some are interesting or weird.
Some are peculiar or suspicious.
Some are infuriating, even downright laughable.

Yes, “Records Say the Darnedest Things.”

Records Say the Darnedest Things: Census Holiday Greeting

Just in time for the holidays a coworker pointed out to me a household in New York City (36-38 West 123rd Street) where, among other inhabitants, lived

  • Faithful Sarah
  • Wrestling Jacob
  • Rebecca Love
  • Promised Land Goal
  • Victory O’Isreal [sic]
  • Patriarch Job
  • Merry Heart David
  • St. Luke
  • Virgin Mary
  • Sweet Childs
  • Holy Lamb
  • Heavenly Love
  • Eternal Light
  • Evening Star
  • Bright Light
  • Angel Light
  • Happy Angel
  • Rejoice Evermore
  • Living Peace
  • Wonderful Peace
  • Charity Joy
  • Simon Peter
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Martha Kindness
  • Matthew Resurrection
  • Victorious Souls
  • Beautiful Rest

And lastly, my wish to you: “Merry Love” and “Peace Joy.”

Thank you, Thomas, for sharing.

Click to listen to O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by The Piano Guys
Click to listen to O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by The Piano Guys.



Source: "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27840-3031-56 : accessed 21 Dec 2013), New York > New York > New York City, Manhattan, Assembly District 19 > [Enumeration District] 31-1707B…, Images 33-7 of 38; household 338, sheets 81A-83A, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 2665.


  1. The more I look at these pages, the more I think there's something fishy going on here. Everyone is marked "f" even though there are some male names and some of the old ladies attended school in the past year. I think the census taker might have gotten paid by how many names he recorded.

  2. I'm so glad to see you post The Piano Guys. The pianist is my son-in-law. They rock!

  3. This was an obstetrical hospital. The mother were like unwed?


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