I'm looking for information about Roy Rogers (not the actor/cowboy).

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I'm trying to help my mother-in-law with her genealogy. She was adopted shortly after birth but has found who her birth parents were and they were in her life for a little while. Her father was Roy Rogers, born in the 1920s or before (MIL was born in the 40s). Last known location was around Tacoma, WA but that was back in the 60s. She has no other information about him, not even a full first or middle name, nor do we know if he's still alive. Any help would be appreciated.
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in Genealogy Help by Christopher Decker G2G1 (1.4k points)

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Roy Rogers

Boarder

United States Census, 1940

birth:

1915

Texas

residence:

1940

Harvard Election Precinct, Pierce, Washington, United States

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Roy Rogers

United States Census, 1940

Name Roy Rogers
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Harvard Election Precinct, Pierce, Washington, United States
Sex Male
Age 25
Marital Status Single
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Lodger
Relationship to Head of Household Lodger
Birthplace Texas
Birth Year (Estimated) 1915
Last Place of Residence Same House

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Mary Gural Head F 54 Austria-Hungary
Frank J Gural Son M 23 Washington
Roy Rogers Lodger M 25 Texas

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United States Census, 1940

District 27-40
Family Number 131
Sheet Number and Letter 6B
Line Number 59
Affiliate Publication Number T627
Affiliate Film Number 4355
Digital Folder Number 005460347
Image Number 00920

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9SH-5JD : accessed 22 November 2017), Roy Rogers in household of Mary Gural, Harvard Election Precinct, Pierce, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 27-40, sheet 6B, line 59, family 131, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4355.

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Roy Rodgers

Head

United States Census, 1940

birth:

1915

Texas

residence:

1940

Tract 26, Houston, Justice Precinct 1, Harris, Texas, United States

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Roy Rodgers

United States Census, 1940

Name Roy Rodgers
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Tract 26, Houston, Justice Precinct 1, Harris, Texas, United States
Sex Male
Age 25
Marital Status Married
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birthplace Texas
Birth Year (Estimated) 1915
Last Place of Residence Same Place

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Roy Rodgers Head M 25 Texas
Jimmie Rodgers Wife F 19 Texas
Robert W Rodgers Father M 56 Arkansas
Carrie Rodgers Mother F 53 Texas

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United States Census, 1940

District 258-156
Family Number 36
Sheet Number and Letter 2A
Line Number 34
Affiliate Publication Number T627
Affiliate Film Number 4195
Digital Folder Number 005458109
Image Number 00238

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K47T-BHT : accessed 22 November 2017), Roy Rodgers, Tract 26, Houston, Justice Precinct 1, Harris, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 258-156, sheet 2A, line 34, family 36, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4195.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Christopher,

Since Kay Bishop is still living, the details in her profile are private and we can't see them in case there is additional information that would help narrow down or focus a search.  

I did a wide search on FamilySearch.org and found a lot of records. I'm attaching a link to the search I did, so you can see the results yourself. I used a birth year range of 1905 - 1925, which is probably overly broad. Your mother in law can probably help you go through the results on this page and revise the parameters based on things she knows or remembers.  

Here is the link to the search results and the very wide parameters I used:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3ARoy~%20%2Bsurname%3ARogers~%20%2Bbirth_place%3A%22United%20States%22~%20%2Bbirth_year%3A1905-1925~

I located three results (just in the first 2 pages of results) that mention Washington State.  The last two show Tacoma Washington as a place of residence:

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-95XC-33C?i=134&cc=1463676

Here are the two more that specifically mention Tacoma:  I think the results were from 1940. 

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2MCG-2H4

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2MCG-2H4

I'm not sure if the full list is too helpful, but it may help if you show the results to your mother in law, so it could trigger comments that would help focus the search.  (For example, if she remembers Roy's wife's name, that would help a great deal.)  

Reba

 

 

by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
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Thank you for your help. I asked my MIL to look through the information. She still wasn't sure about much of it but did mention a couple other tidbits. She doesn't know for sure when or where he was born, but his wife's name was Kay (yes, same as my MIL) and she was born in Kansas in 1945, so they were living there at that point. I'll keep going through and thinning down as I can. Thank you again for the great start!
by Christopher Decker G2G1 (1.4k points)

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