1940 Census?

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I know I've seen something recently about the 1940 Census becoming available, but I don't know the details.  Can anyone tell me when/where 1940 will be available?
in Genealogy Help by Fred Remus G2G6 Mach 4 (41.0k points)

2 Answers

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FROM:    http://www.archives.com/1940census

The 1940 Federal Population Census will be released by the National Archives (NARA) April 2, 2012. This is due to the 72 year restriction which prevents public access to the census records before this period. Archives.com has partnered with NARA to make the 1940 Census available digitally and free to the public on April 2nd.

Archives.com is thrilled to have been chosen by NARA for this important project.

Accessing the 1940 Census on April, 2 2012

The 1940 Census images will be available at 9:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time) April, 2, 2012. Access to the images will be available on any computer with internet access, and will not require payment or registration. The name of the website created to host the images will be announced at a later date. (stay tuned!)

How to search the 1940 Census

On April 2nd, researchers will be able to search by address, Enumeration District (ED), and geographic location. Researchers will be able to browse images by ED number directly, or use address or geographic information to locate the appropriate census schedule.

At launch, a name index will not be available. Archives.com plans to provide its members access to a fully searchable name index on its website in 2012.

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (775k points)
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The 1940 Census will be released by NARA on April 2, 2012.  This time, images will be made available as free digital images.  However, they are not yet indexed.  To search effectively you will need to know the Enumeration District (ED) of the person you seek.  Then you'll have to view each page in the ED until you find your family.

Indexing of the 1940 Census will begin as soon as it is released.  You can join this effort at http://the1940census.com.

I hope you will become part of this national service project to preserve and share the 1940 census records.


by Patrice G G2G Rookie (260 points)
Thank you, Patrice and Chris.  For Patrice: I may try to help with the indexing, but I'm not sure I'll find the time.  FamilySearch.org also uses volunteer indexers.  I downloaded their indexing software a few weeks ago and have just not found the time to do anything with it yet. :-(
Hopefully, I'll get to that and the 1940 Census soon!
Great!  You are ready to go.  The 1940 census isn't available yet, but FamilySearch.org has a practice session available if you want to give it a try.  It didn't take very long.

The best thing about indexing is that you can do it at your own pace and whenever YOU have time.  Every little bit helps!


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