Ancestry.com Adds Six States to Its 1940 Census Index (Including Ohio!)

Ancestry.com Adds Six States to Its 1940 Census Index (Including Ohio!)

No sooner had we sent out yesterday's Genealogy Insider newsletter with a 1940 census update, than Ancestry.com announced the addition of six states to its free, searchable 1940 census index. Those new states are: Pennsylvania Ohio (yahoo!) Tennessee Virginia Colorado Vermont Added to the existing Ancestry.com indexes...

No sooner had we sent out yesterday’s Genealogy Insider newsletter with a 1940 census update, than Ancestry.com announced the addition of six states to its free, searchable 1940 census index.

Those new states are:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio (yahoo!)
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Vermont

Added to the existing Ancestry.com indexes for Delaware, Maine, New York, Nevada, Washington DC, this makes 10 searchable states plus DC for Ancestry.com, and a total of 34 states plus DC across all 1940 census index websites (MyHeritage and FamilySearch with its 1940 Community Census Project partners). The 1940 census is free to search on all these sites.

I immediately searched the Ohio index for my grandmother, who I knew was living with her sister somewhere in Cincinnati in 1940. Right away I found her and a sister, living with the family of another sister in a suburb just north of downtown.

She was a bookkeeper at a foundry. Now I just need to figure out where she met my grandfather, an engineer staying at the YMCA downtown in 1940.

This screenshot shows Ancestry.com’s new image viewer (still in beta). A window at the bottom shows transcribed information, and one on the right shows source details (you can make both of these windows disappear by clicking the double arrows on the green tabs).

When you zoom in and can no longer see the name column, the indexed names pop out from the left side—with the person you searched on and his/her household highlighted—so you can keep track of the rows of names. For several columns, you can hover over a cell and the transcribed information will pop up.

I’ve experienced a few minor glitches when moving around the record image using the new viewer on a Mac.

Search Ancestry.com’s 1940 census here (the page’s design makes it look like you’re just searching New York, but you can type any of the indexed states into the Lived In field).

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  1. >I’ve experienced a few minor glitches when moving around the record image using the new viewer on a Mac.

    One of the glitches that I have experienced is that sometimes my cursor tends to "disappear" for a short time. Also, the cursor movement is sometimes very herky-jerky.

  2. Hi, Jeff, that’s one of my glitches–I wasn’t sure whether or not it’s the "magic mouse" I just started using at work. It will occasionally lose its wireless connection with the computer. Also, here and on my laptop at home (I use the touchpad) the clicking and grabbing to move the record image sometimes stops working. Usually refreshing the page will help.