Sunday, July 22, 2012

Census Sunday - Pasquale/Pascale in the 1940 US Census

State & National Census Reports are filled with information for genealogists. Both the population & nonpopulation schedules give us insights into the lives of our ancestors. What have you found that is Surprising? Reassuring? Bewildering?

Thomas Pasquale with this sisters Grace & Carmella

Pasquale is the surname of my husband and his father. Somewhere before that the family was Pascale. Family stories vary as to when and where it was changed. The most popular story involves the usual Ellis Island change. However, I recently found the family in the 1940 US Census, New York State, Westchester County, Somers. I looked for the Pasquale family and found the Pascale family. Interestingly, the 1920 & 1930 Census reports list their name as Pasquale.

Frank Pascale, my husband’s grandfather, a naturalized citizen from Italy, was a farm manager. He paid $30 a month for rent and earned an income of $1,200. His wife, also born in Italy, was Jennie Pascale. Their four children were all born in New York State. Augustine, 19, was a farm helper. Thomas, 17; Grace, 15; and Carmella, 7, were all attending school.

With the exception of Frank, I knew all these people and they were all Pasquales. This is another research project for a rainy day.


Wendy said...

I wonder if the varied spelling was due to the enumerator's understanding of what he/she heard and perhaps failure to ask about the spelling assuming they knew how to spell it (or thought they did).

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Wendy, most likely it was a misunderstanding at some point. That change in spelling has effected the names of many people, including me.