The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has selected Inflectionthe parent company of the genealogy subscription site Archives.comto to design and host a free website for the 1940 census, to be released April 2, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Researchers will be able to browse, view, and download images from the 1940 census. See NARA’s full announcement here.
To kick off the partnership, Archives.com has created a web page about the launch of the 1940 Census.
You won’t be able to search the census by name right away on April 2; instead, you’ll need to know the enumeration district (ED) your relatives lived in and then browse the records for that district. You can find the ED if you know your ancestor’s address in 1940 or in 1930.
FamilySearch is heading up an effort to index the 1940 census records ASAP after they’re released, which will let genealogists search by name.