It’s almost here! The 1940 census release happens at 9 a.m EDT on April 2, 2012; you can find it at the the official National Archives 1940 Census site. Genealogists around the world are gearing up for the big event, but finding your ancestors in newly-released (and unindexed) census records can be a challenge. We have a variety of tools to make sure you know exactly how to make the most of the 1940 census.
- How to Get Ready for the 1940 Census
- All About Enumeration Districts
- What’s an Official Census Day?
- How to Take Great Notes While Searching the Census
Next, check out a clip of our FREE webinar on how to find your family in the 1940 census records. Since this census won’t have an index when it’s released, you’ll need to know where to look in order to find your ancestors. This video shows you how to use a free genealogy tool that helps you pinpoint exactly what 1940 enumeration district your family is in.
Your Guide to the 1940 US Census
Get ready for the 1940 census release by signing up for our newsletter via the form at the top of this page. Once you complete your registration, you’ll receive this free download full of tips on how to get the most out of the US census records.
The Genealogist’s Census Pocket Reference
- websites with census records and date
- questions from each U.S. census 1790 to 1940
- maps of the territory covered in each federal census
- a key to common abbreviations
- instructions to enumerators
- population and immigration trends
- explanations of special schedules
- state and international census resources
… and so much more! Stash this indispensable book in your computer case, tote bag—or yes, your pocket—and take it with you whenever you research.
Online Census Secrets On-Demand Webinar
Most genealogists know, though, that it’s not as easy as simply typing in a name. To successfully trace your ancestors, you need to know where to look and how to make the most of census websites. This hour-long webinar will tell you exactly what you need to know to make the most of the US censuses available online.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- What to expect when using the 1940 census
- Key facts about US censuses and census websites
- How to access online census records for free
- How to use the major online census collections at Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest Online and other sites
- How different sites’ records and indexes compare
- Search strategies for finding elusive ancestors
Finding Ancestors in the US Census: Online and Offline Strategies
- the type of information found in each federal census
- how to analyze census records
- how to find and search online census databases
- how to find ancestors using microfilmed Soundex indexes
- how to use early “head-of-household” censuses
- alternatives for missing records (such as the lost 1890 census)
- what special “nonpopulation” census records you should also look for
- hints and techniques in each lesson
Register for the discounted April 30 sesson of Finding Ancestors in the US Census: Online and Offline Strategies now
Census Secrets CD
This CD has tools and how-to’s to help you get past census research obstacles, including quick-reference guides that put census facts at your fingertips and worksheets and checklists to track your finds. All content is in PDF format — compatible with both Windows and Macintosh — so you can click directly to recommended websites and search the CD’s contents to quickly find what you’re looking for.
On this CD:
• RESEARCH GUIDES
- Help getting started with the census and finding elusive ancestors
- Search techniques and browsing tips to help you navigate online records
- Tips for using early censuses that enumerate ancestors in age groups— naming only heads of household
- Guide to an often-overlooked resource: supplemental censuses of select population groups
- Convenient worksheets for your data from each census, 1790-1930, column by column
RESEARCH CHEAT SHEETS
- • At-a-glance guides for quick reference
- • State-by-state census fast facts
- • Charts of websites with US and Canadian records
- • Directory of census websites, books and other resources
Get Started Tracing Your Roots
Family Tree Magazine has a wealth of how-to helps just for beginners. Click on the images below for our free research forms and cheat sheets, links to the best genealogy websites and products for new genealogists.