It’s here! The 1940’s census has arrived!

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Do you want to know where you mother and father, or maybe your grandparents, or all of them lived in 1940?  Would you like to know what their income was, who they lived with, and who their neighbors were?  Well, now you can.

Today, the National Archives released digital images of the 1940 census that will be made available to the public for FREE!

At this very moment, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between, FamilySearch,, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, are  coordinating their efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access.

Interest in the 1940 U.S. Census is both significant and sentimental because it documents what is often referred to as “The Greatest Generation” of U.S. citizens. As a group, these are individuals who:

    • Survived the Great Depression
    •  Fought in the Second World War
    •  Innovated technology (TV, Microwave)

There are many people still alive today who will be able to find themselves in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Others will be able to readily connect with relatives they knew personally or through family stories. Imagine the great resource this will be to anyone interested in their family history!

Please join our effort in making these records indexed quickly so we can all search for our loved ones.  You can join this project by going to

Well, I gotta go, I’m going to get busy indexing so I can find my parents.  Yes, my parents will be on this census!  My Dad will be 6 years old and my Mom will be 4 years old.  I can’t wait to find them!


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