Census Sunday – Minne (McCormack) Barnes in the 1930 Census

For today’s Census Sunday post, I would like to post about my great grand-aunt Maria “Minnie” Bedina (McCormack) Barnes. In 1930, we find Minnie living alone in Flint, Michigan and apparently running a board house.

1930 Census

1930 Census [1]

This is the portion of the census that we are most concerned about;

1930 Census Snippet

1930 Census Snippet [1]

She was enumerated on the 11th of Apr 1930. The extracted information for the household is;

Line #, Street name, House #, dwelling #, family #, Name, Relation, Own/Rent, Value, Radio, house/farm, Sex, Color, Age, Martial Status, Age at 1st Marriage, Attended School in last year, read & write, Place of birth, Place of birth (Father), Place of birth (Mother), Native Language, Year of immigration, Naturalization, speak English, Occupation, Industry, Class of worker, Employed, Veteran

1. 60, Hamilton Str., 920, 271, 205, Minnie Barnes, Head, O(wned), 10000, -, -, F, W, 82*, Wd, 25, No, Yes, Michigan, Ireland (I.F.S.)**, England, -, -, -, Yes, None, Boarding House, -, -,  -, -, –

Here are a few things that we learned from this census;

* – the transcription says that she is 82. I believe, if I have the right person, that the transcriber of this page made a mistake and that the age given should be 62.
** – I.F.S. I believe stands for Irish Free State.
It also states that Minnie is a widow. I believe that this “fact” is also wrong. She is also listed as a widow in the 1940 census. I have the death certificate for a Charles Barnes, whom I believe to be her ex-husband, who died in 1941. [2]

Thanks for stopping by and I hoped you learned something.


1. 1930 United States Federal Census, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, population schedule, ED 25-15, Pg. Sheet No. 11-B, dwelling 271, family 205, Minnie Barnes, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com, accessed 1 Dec 2012, citing Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
2. Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio, State of Ohio Department of Health, Death Certificate “Registered No. 318”, 20 Dec 1941, Charles Barnes.


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