Finding my maternal grandmother’s oldest brother George Everett Rucker and his family in the 1940 census was not easy. The Ruckers HAD to be in Washington, DC. That much I knew. I checked Ancestry but found nothing under George OR Everett Rucker, and nothing using all combinations for Rucher, Pucker, Ducker, and any other spelling that I thought might be how an indexer interpreted the name.
I then went to FamilySearch using the same strategy. Nothing.
I went back to Ancestry and searched for George and Ollie without a last name in Washington DC. There they were: George and Ollie RuckeS.
So why didn’t FamilySearch give me that? I then tried searching George and Ollie without a location. FamilySearch found George and Ollie RuckeR in District of Columbia. It turns out FamilySearch doesn’t recognize Washington DC. At least FamilySearch got the names right, and now I know how to look for someone living in the nation’s capital.
So in 1940 Uncle Everett and his family were renting their home at 612 Morris Place for $45 a month, the same house in which they were living in 1935.
|from Google Maps|
Based on the address on other houses, the Ruckers
must have lived in the last house, far right.
Nevertheless, he was fully employed in 1939 earning $2600, which equates to roughly $42,548 today. He worked 48 hours the last week of March 1940.
Everett (42) had completed a year of high school while his wife Ollie D. Coakley (38) had finished only 8 years. Their sons George Jr. (16) and Jimmy (14) were attending school. Ollie was busy caring for two younger daughters Norma (4) and Mary Ann (3).
I remember Everett and Ollie as being very quiet and kind people. Never did I hear anyone call him "George." Yet, in all the census records, that is how he is listed. I wonder if his immediate family called him George while the rest of us said Everett, or if they were just being "correct" for the occasion.