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# Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Creating a 1940 Census Index
Posted by Diane

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 ShopFamilyTree.com, will help you find ancestors in US censuses from 1790 through 1940.


Ancestry.com | census records | FamilySearch
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 9:14:05 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:45:48 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
This process reminds me of the days when we genealogists had to use Soundex cards to find which roll of census film to look for our ancestors.
B. Tieman
Thursday, November 10, 2011 4:31:07 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I haven't been able to find out the computer requirements. I have a Mac. Would I be able to help?
Kaye Mushalik
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