I'm a 1940 Census Ambassador!

It is only 37 days until the release of the 1940 census! I am proud to be an Ambassador for this project!

On April 2, 2012, the website through the National Archives, will open the 1940 census, the only place on the internet where we will have access to this census. Of course, this census will not yet be indexed as I am sure most of you are aware. 

Did you know that 132 million people (according to the Census Website) were living in the 48 Continental United States in 1940? That is a lot of indexing that needs to be done! I have signed up to work on this project and have the appropriate software downloaded and ready to go. If you haven't signed up for this very important project, you can do so at the1940census.com. The more people that help index, the sooner it will be done!

A few of the questions asked on the census that you may not be aware of are ~
  • Where did you live 5 years prior? (in other words, where did they live in 1935? Isn't that great?)
  • What was the highest degree of education you reached?
  • Your detailed income
Looks like we have things to learn about our ancestors we probably didn't know! Of course, if we were aware of things like this, we would now have verification of these facts. 

You can follow and learn more at the website links I gave above, plus you can follow along on these sites ~
You will need to know the enumeration number of where your family lived if you want to find them in the census, at least until the census is completely indexed. I highly recommend watching this video at the Archive.com blog, which shares how to find the enumeration district you are looking for along with interesting information regarding the preparation of this upcoming release.

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. Lots of us are posting about the 1940 census but I keep finding new things to learn with every post. Thanks for the link to the video.

  2. Hi Nancy, I know there are lots of us and I feel the same as you, more information everywhere we look! You are welcome for the link!

  3. Great info!! I'm really excited about those "new" questions that are on this 1940 census. I had no clue. Thanks!


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