The National Archives is webcasting its 1940 census opening ceremonies next Monday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. As the big day gets closer, the link to view the ceremony will be posted at 1940census.archives.gov.
If youre on Twitter, go to the early bird tweet-up beforehand, where you can meet the ceremony speakers and chat with a genealogy expert. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries and genealogical societies all over the United States are holding their own workshops to help you find ancestors in the 1940 census. Here’s a samplingcheck library and society websites for classes near you:
- Alabama: At the Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, you can attend 40 is the New 30: Using the 1940 Census, April 21 at 10 a.m. Registration costs $5.
- California: Live it up in Oakland at a 1940 Census Party, organized by the African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California, the California Genealogical Society and Library, and the Oakland Family History Center. The event is April 9, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Oakland Family History Center. Learn more an d register here.
- Indiana: The Indiana State Library will hold a Clues to Researching the 1940 Census workshop Saturday, May 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the History Reference Room.
The Allen County, Ind., public library is holding Introduction to the 1940 Census workshops April 2 at 2:30 p.m. and April 7 at 10 a.m. Get more details on the library’s events calendar.
- Ohio: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will present the 1940 Census Is Here: Techniques for Achieving Top Search Results with Genealogy and Local History Department Manager Patricia Van Skaik. The program takes place Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
- New York: The Broome County, NY, public library is holding a Finding Your Relatives in the 1940 Census workshop April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Attend Searching for your ancestors in the 1940 Federal Census April Thursday, April 12, at 3:15 at the New York Public Library in New York City.
- South Carolina: The South Carolina State Library in Columbia will host a free workshop about the 1940 census on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon.
- Tennessee: On April 14, the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville will host a seminar on the 1940 census April 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. It’s free, but reservations are required due to limited seating availability. Click here for contact information.
Looking for an online learning opportunity? Try these from Family Tree Magazine:
- Online Census Secrets on-demand webinar: Learn strategies for finding ancestors in online collections of censusrecords, 1790 through 1940.
- Finding Ancestors in the US Census: Online and Offline Research Strategies Family Tree University course
- Our free 1940 census video class, which shows you how to find your ancestors’ 1940 enumeration districts. Find the class and other 1940 census tips on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.