Lighthouse Keepers

The loneliest guy around probably isn’t the Maytag repairman: he’s probably a lighthouse keeper. It’s relatively simple, though, to search for lighthouse keepers in the 1940 federal population census. In the bottom right corner of the Ancestry LE (Ancestry Library Edition) landing page (or midway on the HeritageQuest Online landing page), select 1940 from the U.S. Census box. Now try the following search:

SEARCH—OCCUPATION: lighthouse keeper (Exact)

This search returns 404 results. Search return abstract includes:

Est. Birth Year:
Birthplace: (state, territory, or country)
Marital Status:
Home in 1940:
Home in 1935:
Father’s Birthplace:
Mother’s Birthplace:
House Owned or Rented:
Highest Grade Completed:
Weeks worked in 1939:
Weeks worked week before census was taken:
Usual occupation:
Usual Industry:
Household Members:

You can also search for Coast Guard personnel assigned to Lighthouse Stations (case does not matter):

SEARCH—KEYWORD: lighthouse station

This search returns 410 results.

You can use HeritageQuest Online at home (with a valid SLPL library card), or at Central Library or any of our branches.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

Here’s a list of SLPL reference databases.

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