Funeral Directors

Finding funeral directors in the 1940 federal population census is a two-step process. First, you’ll need to do this search:

SEARCH—OCCUPATION: funeral director (Exact)

This search returns 5,833 results. You can narrow those results by adding a place search:

LIVED IN: Missouri, USA (Exact)
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: funeral director (Exact)

Now you get 157 results.

Smith's Funeral Home (IN.gov photo)
Smith's Funeral Home (IN.gov photo)

You’re not done, however: now try this search:

SEARCH—OCCUPATION: mortician (Exact)

This search nets 5,449 results. You can also narrow these results with a place search:

LIVED IN: Missouri, USA (Exact)
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: mortician (Exact)

This time you get 118 results.

How can researchers access the federal population census? You may use Heritage Quest Online from home with a valid SLPL library card and PIN, or at Central Library or any of our branches.

You may use Ancestry Library Edition at Central Library or any of our branches.

Here’s a list of SLPL reference databases.

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