Tonight I finally found him. Well, not him actually; I found my great grandfather Ines Gonzalez the first night I went looking. Blogpost "That First Night Online" But tonight, I finally found him in the 1940 census.
I had been looking for him in the census for a while now. 1940 would be the last census he was enumerated in, as he died in 1943, but I just could not find him. How I finally came across his entry was a fluke.
I recently have been using the city directories for Harlingen Texas to fill in addresses for my g-grandfather and noticed that his son, Jose Gonzalez, was showing up in the directories too. It was a hunch it was his son and of course the directory listed his address. This was the same address that was on the death certificate of Ines 3 years later. A few months ago I was looking for the address in the 1940 census, but the enumerator jumped around a little. What I did pick up was that the son, Jose, was living with a woman named Isabel. I had not heard of her before. In a subsequent conversation with my aunt, she confirmed that her Uncle Jose “Pepe” Gonzales was married to an Isabel originally.
With that information, I went looking for a marriage record on Familysearch.org, and a census record popped up. And there was Ines listed as living with his son, but my g-grandfather’s name was spelled as Enes! I have never looked for that variation.
|Screen shot from 1940 US Census|
I just goes to show, never give up. And, if you dedicate your search to just your direct line, you may just miss something.
 "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-27820-10873-24?cc=2000219 : accessed 05 Oct 2014), Texas > Cameron > Justice Precinct 6, Harlingen > 31-49 Justice Precinct 6, Harlingen City bounded by (N) Harrison Av; (E) E; (S) Lincoln Av; (W) city limits; also Valley Baptist Hospital > image 54 of 65; citing NARA digital publication of T627.