Creating a 1940 Census Index

Creating a 1940 Census Index

FamilySearch has created a page to recruit volunteers for transcribing the 1940 census, scheduled for release April 2, 2012. (We’re just 146 days from 1940 census nirvana!) Unlike previous censuses, images of 1940 census records will be available free on the National Archives and Records Administration website. You...

FamilySearch has created a page to recruit volunteers for transcribing the 1940 census, scheduled for release April 2, 2012. (We’re just 146 days from 1940 census nirvana!)

Unlike previous censuses, images of 1940 census records will be available free on the National Archives and Records Administration website. You won’t be able to search for an ancestor’s name right away; instead, you’ll have to browse the record by enumeration district (more on that—and figuring out your ancestor’s enumeration district—here).

FamilySearch is coordinating a volunteer effort to index those images as soon as they’re released, so you’ll be able to search by name and click to see the record where the name appears.

If you want to help create the free, searchable 1940 census index, go here and sign up on the right side of this page.

Starting in mid-April, subscription website Ancestry.com also will begin streaming 1940 census records onto its website, where records will be free to search at least through 2013.

Read more about the 1940 census, including what questions your ancestors had to answer, in our free article.

Our Census Secrets CD, available from Family Tree Shop, will help you find ancestors in US censuses from 1790 through 1940.

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