weeks back, I found myself trying to locate SCHMIDT in the Town of
Hartland -- I looked from 1860 - 1930 and THOUGHT this would be an easy
one -- no misspellings on Schmidt, right? Wrong -- I looked for an entire
evening and finally tracked them through all the censuses - SCHMIDT, SCHMITH, SMITH, etc. I sure wish the census takers could see us now,
looking over every pen stroke to see if it was an "a" or a sloppy "o"...
some are very neat but sometimes I think this might have very well been their first grasp at
penmanship! Needless to say, these records are a great source of
1930 Federal Census Index here is just that, an index. The actual
census has so much more information, but this should at least help you
locate your family in the census, whether you view it on microfilm or
online. (BTW, that's why Hartland Twp. is completed first --
the rest will eventually follow -- I promise!)
A little on the Village of Cecil -- this was like "old home week" for
me... My Grandparents Laedtke were on sheet #1! OK, I grew up in the
country, and my grandparents lived in Cecil, near the old Town Hall and
the Catholic Church -- hence they had a sidewalk -- a genuine sidewalk!
Now, this was big-time for a country kid and playing "jacks" on the
sidewalk ruled as did hopscotch and skipping rope!! I remember
walking up to Schmidt's Country store and a nickel got you a BAG of candy
and a handshake!... so this page of the census was like taking a walk down
"Memory Lane" for me!!!
VILLAGE OF CECIL
Enumerated on April 12, 1930 by Ashley O. Wiegand, Enumerator