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1940 US Census is now available!

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Just a week ago, on April 2nd, the 1940 United States Census was finally released and is now being indexed by a community of volunteers. My husband and I enjoy doing family history work and I’ve found the US Census to be a great starting point for finding our family lines and connecting cousins and other lines of the family. So many times we have found random family member show up listed as living with the family line we were searching. This gave us a bit of a window into the lives of our ancestors as we have found in-laws, elderly, and even nieces and nephews that were ready to move out of their own home living with our direct descendents. Searching on the census reports can sometimes be difficult or confusing when the family may have moved, but it has still been invaluable to our research and the very first place we always turn.

After 72 years being held under embargo for the privacy of those individuals still living, the 1940 Census is finally available and a free index and image will become available as the work is completed by those volunteers willing to help. Did you know that there was 132 million people living in the Continental United States in 1940? What a great way to search the records and work on your family history and see what lines and pieces you can fit into your own personal family puzzle. Plus, some new questions were added to the 1940 census that may give you even new insights to your family line, like where your family may have lived 5 years prior, their highest educational level, and even income and occupation information.

For those already interested in family history, you’ll be excited to see what information you may be able to uncover. If you’ve never researched your ancestors, now is a great time to start and learn with your posterity by seeing if you can find your grandparents or great-grandparents, the perfect place to start!

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Thursday 19th of April 2012

This is great, I'd love to look up some of my own family history as well!


Wednesday 11th of April 2012

Will be looking for my family and my husband, so interesting to learn about your family!

Linda Henderson

Wednesday 11th of April 2012

I think for all of us searching for our ancestors this is exciting news. My sister and mother both started working on our genealogy quite a while ago and I pitch in when I can. I think a lot of interest has developed since the NBC show Who Do You Think You Are, it's a very interesting show. It's a shame though that the average person can't afford the resources that these people have access to. Still, the release of the census is great news.


Tuesday 10th of April 2012

I thought I had heard this and now I am going to see if any of my family history can be found on this census! Many thanks,  Cindi

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