Sunday, April 1, 2012

Finding Your Family in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census

In order to find your family in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census when it is first released to the public on April 2, 2012, you will need to know where your ancestors lived at that time, as the census will not be indexed immediately. A team of volunteers is amassed, ready to start indexing, but it still will take some time! If you would like to help, please sign up here. City, county, rural and other directories will be helpful in figuring out where your ancestors lived in 1940, especially if you believe they moved after the 1930 census was taken. Using my site can assist you in this process; however, please remember that I do NOT have links to all the 1939 - 1941 city directories available online on my site YET. The rate at which directories are scanned and uploaded to the Internet is much greater than one person like myself can keep up with; even if I had a team, it would be impossible to stay ahead of the game! Here are some tips to help you find those directories and thus find your people on the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

1. First, see if there are links to directories listed for the place in which your people lived and the time period of the late 1930s to the early 1940s on my site.

2. If you can't find links on my site for those directories, don't despair! Please read the list of online resources available. Chances are the directories are online somewhere and I just haven't been able to list the links on this site yet.

3. Check out Frequently Asked Questions number 4 and 5 on my FAQs page for help with offline directories and access to subscription sites that you may not have subscriptions to at the moment.

4. Don't forget to check out Steve Morse's Tutorial to help you find those Enumeration District numbers. Tip: Don't use the Back button on your browser, or you'll end up on his Home page. Use the Go Back to the Previous Page button that is at the BOTTOM of each step of the tutorial.

Best of luck in finding your ancestors and family member in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!

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CA, CO, DC, KS, MN, NJ, NY, WA New Pages and Updates

New Pages

Mesa County, Colorado - with seven links from Ancestry

Jefferson County, Kansas - with four links from the Kansas History and Heritage Project

Ford County, Kansas - with three links from the Kansas History and Heritage Project

Ferry County, Washington - with one link from Crossroad Archives

Pend Oreille County, Washington - with one link from Crossroad Archives


Los Angeles County, California - 34 new links from Long Beach Public Library

Sacramento County, California - one new link from Golden Nugget Library

Colorado - now with 14 out of 64 counties linked

Denver County, Colorado - 17 new links from Ancestry

District of Columbia - corrected 1874 Georgetown Directory with new link to Genealogy Trails; added one new link from Genealogy Trails

Kansas - now with 10 out of 105 counties linked

Hennepin County, Minnesota - 22 new links from Hennepin County Library

Camden County, New Jersey - one new link from the Delaware Valley Rhythm & Blues Society

Essex County, New Jersey - one new link from Millburn Free Public Library

Union County, New Jersey - one new link from Millburn Free Public Library

Erie County, New York - four new links, one each from Distant Cousin, Don's List, Google Books, and the Internet Archive

Washington - now with 24 out of 39 counties linked

Stevens County, Washington - one new link from Crossroad Archives

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