Those new states are:
- Ohio (yahoo!)
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).