The 1940 census was just released by the U.S. government, allowing millions of people to find out more about their family history.
Subsequently, “1940 census” just made the top U.S. Google search query.
Israeli startup MyHeritage put the census data online as a searchable database, beating U.S. companies to the punch, according to the blog Ancestry Insider.
MyHeritage sent us images of the census sheets of some of the greatest celebrities of the 1940s: Elvis, Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Al Capone and Grace Kelly. They’re small pieces of history.
Charlie Chaplin and his wife Paulette listed as part of their household a maid, cook and chauffeur. This dates from the same time as his iconic film, The Dictator.
Here's Fred Astaire, along with his wife Phyllis. They lived with their son, step son, a butler, the butler's wife, a cook, a maid and a nurse.
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