Friday, January 11, 2019
Trover Duke, a Railroad Employee
In November of this past year, I had the good fortune of attending a Legacy Family Tree webinar entitled Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. In my research, I'd encountered streetcar operators but not any cousins or ancestors who worked for the railroad. None the less I thought it would be good to know because you just never know when the opportunity to research a railroad worker will arise. One of my ongoing projects is identifying the people in old photos that were in my paternal grandmother's collection. I'd scanned a small picture that was identified as Trover Duke-- a friend of one of my aunts. As most of the people that were friends with Dad's family from the 1920s -1960s had ties to Old Hickory, TN or the Dupont Company, I had started a tree containing all of the friends, neighbors, and associates. I searched for Trover Duke in the 1920-1940 census records. Trover was in Tennessee until the 1940s when I find him in San Bernadino County, California working for the ATSF Railroad. He's in the household of a widow, Margaret Black.
It shows his place of employment as the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad and lists his job description as Brakeman. One key thing I also noted is that he was in the same house in 1935 so he has been in that location for at least 5 years. My initial search using the main search at Ancestry didn't yield much beyond the previously mentioned census records. Now I knew which databases might be most relevant and could search them individually. So I headed to the Card Catalog and looked for records concerning Railroad workers. I found his employment record in the California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950. I LOVE how much information this sheet gives. I did not find him in the
I checked several other of the databases that the search pulled when I had searched on the keyword RAILROAD but didn't find a listing at least where I could tell that it was him. I need to check some other sites for more information when I have more time.
1940 U.S. Census, San Bernadino County, California, population schedule, Needles, Enumeration District(ED) 36-59, sheet 2A, p. 839(stamped), household 33, line 18, Trover Duke; imaged at Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 January 2019) citing National Archives microfilm publication T627 roll 290.
Ancestry.com. California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950. (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2046/43787_343514-01521/6293677 : accessed 11 January 2019). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.