Even though I already knew where my Riggs great-grandparents were living that year, I looked them up on ancestry.com because I’d read that the 1940 census – the country’s 16th – posed questions it hadn’t asked in previous years, about things like internal migration and participation in New Deal programs.
|G. Oliver and Islea Riggs are listed in the 1940 Census.|
|G. Oliver and Islea’s former house as it looked a few years ago.|
|Percy with the high school band he directed in South Bend, Indiana.|
Although my search for my Riggs grandparents was fruitless, I did learn this from ancestry.com: there were at least 2,674 people living in the United States in 1940 (make that at least 2,677) with the last name of Riggs. That would be quite a reunion. I wonder how many there are now?