Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Where Were Your Ancestral Families in the 1950 US Census?

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  The 1950 United States Census release to the public is just over two years away (on 1 April 2022).  

2) Who in your ancestral families will be in the 1950 census?  Where will they be residing,  What occupations will they have?  The official “date” was 1 April 1950.


3)  Share your conjectures with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook message.  Please leave a comment on this blog noting where your conjectures are located.

Since my ancestors were from Australia, I did think at first to do the descendants of my ancestor’s siblings who had migrated to the United States, but after running a search in my Legacy Family Tree, I found there were too many to include.

I therefore decided to modify this to show where my ancestral families were living here in Australia in 1949, according to the 1949 Electoral roll.

My dad, Ivon Walter Whmpey, was living at 63 Brown Street, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.  He was a fitter. His two young children, my two half-sisters, would have been living with him.  Also at this address were:

  • His father (my grandfather), John Ernest Whimpey. He was a grocer
  • His mother (my grandmother), Ivy May Whimpey (nee Harley). Her occupation was home duties.
  • His brother (my uncle), Keith Harley Whimpey. He was a technician.

My mum, Edith Jean Marr, was living at 58 Lothian Street, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  She was working as a machinist.  Also at this address were:

  • Her grandmother (my great grandmother), Mary Marr, nee Reeves. Her occupation was home duties.
  • Her aunt (my great aunt), Amelia Marr. She was a manufacturer
  • Her brother (my uncle), Aubrey Ronald Marr. He was a printer.
  • Her sister (my aunt), Margaret Amelia Marr. She was a machinist.
  • Her father (my grandfather), Wilfred Palmer Marr (listed on the Electoral roll as William Palmer Marr). He was a labourer

My dad’s grandmother (my great grandmother), Henrietta Louisa Harley nee Russell, was living on the family farm “Hazel Glen” Woolamai. Her occupation was home duties.  She died in November 1949, so her entry on the Electoral roll has been crossed out.  Although only listed as living at Woolamai, her son Cecil and daughter Dorothy were also living on the family farm:

  • My great uncle, Cecil Rupert Harley. He was a farm hand.
  • My great aunt, Dorothy Agnes Harley. Her occupation was home duties.

There were the only ones of my ancestors who were still alive in 1949.

One thought on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Where Were Your Ancestral Families in the 1950 US Census?

  1. The 1949 Electoral Roll certainly works for this challenge. Your family in 1949 was just a bit bigger than my little group in 1950.It’s always fun when a new census is released, but in my case, I don’t think there will be much I learn about my family this time around.

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