NARA’s 1940 Census Site Overwhelmed

NARA’s 1940 Census Site Overwhelmed

The huge number of visitors today to the National Archives 1940 census website, 1940Census.Archives.gov, is causing long wait to load pages and blocking out many would-be census searchers altogether. The archives posted this update to its Facebook page:After waiting for 10 years for the release of the 1940...

The huge number of visitors today to the National Archives 1940 census website, 1940Census.Archives.gov, is causing long wait to load pages and blocking out many would-be census searchers altogether. The archives posted this update to its Facebook page:

After waiting for 10 years for the release of the 1940 census, we know that you are frustrated with the difficulties we’re experiencing on our 1940census.archives.gov site. We completely share these frustrations! Since 9 a.m. EDT (when the site went live), we’ve had about 22.5 million hits to the site, which works out to about 1.9 million users. Although we developed detailed plans and our testing indicated that NARA and Inflection would be able to handle the expected load,the number of visitors was huge. Thank you for your patience despite these frustrations. We’re working to resolve the problem and we’ll keep you updated on the situation.

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  1. Shame on NARA for this horrendous situation. I would have thought they would have learned from what happened to the Ellis Island database some ten or twelve years ago. And they should have known that the volume would be that much higher after all the years in between. I have not been able to access anything after 10 hours today, and the much touted Stephen Morse pages do not connect to anything when I click on the E.D. number. I would have preferred to go to the nearest NARA and read the microfilms. At least, I would have made some progress. No excuses, please.

    Joseph
    Illinois