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.