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First-ever release of 1940 census may be a treasure trove
tampabay.com ^ | 19 Mar 2012 | AP story

Posted on 03/19/2012 5:28:04 PM PDT by smokingfrog

The federal government plans to release intimate details about 132 million people in the United States who participated in the 1940 census when it makes the data available to the public on April 2 for the first time after 72 years of being kept confidential.

Access to the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet — but they will not be immediately name searchable.

For genealogists and family historians, the 1940 census release is the most important disclosure of ancestral secrets in a decade and could shake the branches of many family trees. Scholars expect the records to help draw a more pointillistic portrait of a transformative decade in American life.

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: genealogy

1 posted on 03/19/2012 5:28:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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... finding a name in the 3.8 million digitized images won’t be as easy as a Google search: It could be at least six months after the release before a nationwide name index is created.


2 posted on 03/19/2012 5:28:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SunkenCiv

You might find this of interest...


3 posted on 03/19/2012 5:31:43 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: smokingfrog

It would be interesting to look up some of my relatives when the database by name becomes available.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 5:33:20 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: smokingfrog

I have been trying to find a way to look up the 1930 and prior censae without going through ancestry.com. Does the census agency have a direct portal?


5 posted on 03/19/2012 5:39:43 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Islam: a transnational fascist government that demands worship.)
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To: ExGeeEye

This is the only one I’ve found so far ~

https://familysearch.org/


6 posted on 03/19/2012 5:42:25 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust!)
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To: smokingfrog

Until the name search is available, it will be very difficult for most people.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 5:43:49 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: stylecouncilor

geneology ping....


8 posted on 03/19/2012 5:48:28 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: ExGeeEye

http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index


9 posted on 03/19/2012 5:49:21 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ExGeeEye

ancestry.com is theft.


10 posted on 03/19/2012 5:52:00 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: smokingfrog

Who’s doing the name indexing, and anyone know if there’s a way to volunteer help?


11 posted on 03/19/2012 5:52:31 PM PDT by abishai
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To: Ouderkirk
ancestry.com is theft. Yes, way too expensive membership, but you can find some very good information on there. And if your library has a membership, its way less expensive.
12 posted on 03/19/2012 5:59:06 PM PDT by abishai
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To: zot; Interesting Times

Genealogy ping


13 posted on 03/19/2012 6:02:10 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: abishai
See longer article here.
14 posted on 03/19/2012 6:03:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

bump


15 posted on 03/19/2012 6:07:35 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: Ouderkirk

I’ve found tons of family info just by inserting name, DOB, and state of birth into my search engine. I use Ancestry as a home base for my tree. I do find lots of info on Ancestry even though I’ve yet to pay for a membership. You can find tidbits in various ways on Ancestry and after a while it all comes together.


16 posted on 03/19/2012 6:09:35 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust!)
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks for the link!


17 posted on 03/19/2012 6:11:15 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust!)
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks for that link!


18 posted on 03/19/2012 6:31:41 PM PDT by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: Ouderkirk
ancestry.com is theft.

Check your local library to see if they have an account. My wife uses ancestry.com at the library for free all the time.

19 posted on 03/19/2012 6:33:55 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

I belong to Ancestry also and what you can find there is hard to find other places, so it’s my “guilty pleasure”. I pay every three months so in case I decide to quit, I won’t have so much invested.

For free resources, I have found http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ invaluable. I use the “Family Tree” search quite often and anyone can use it, but always verify info as in all net searches due to conflicting info in the “trees”.

Genealogy is so addictive!...but I’ve been quite pleased to find on both sides of my family that we arrived in this country quite early...mid-1600’s....part of that Scot-Irish/English that populated the south.


20 posted on 03/19/2012 6:36:53 PM PDT by BamaBelle
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To: smokingfrog

“pointillistic”? Someone has a new dictionary!


21 posted on 03/19/2012 6:39:11 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: BamaBelle
"Genealogy is so addictive!"

I agree. I can spend 3, 4, 5 hours a day on it for 3, 4 or 5 days, take a break for a week or 10 days and then do it all over again. :~) It may be taking me longer because I'm not paying for a membership, but I find it fun, with the various tricks I've discovered to find info I rarely get stuck for long and there are only a couple of mystery people still on my list.

22 posted on 03/19/2012 6:57:15 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust!)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Thanks I did not know that, will check with library.

Ancestry is just too high, and so much of their information is given to them for FREE from users, then sell it back to them.

I am a little irritated that the gov. would consign the Census records to Ancestry. That is public information and should not be sold. jmo

So much information is on www.findagrave.com, a great genealogy source. Especially when tryint to verify a birth and death date, many times you will see the headstones. Best genealogy site for me.

23 posted on 03/19/2012 6:58:07 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

I’ve found lots of interesting facts about my family, but I think the one that amazed me the most was finding on the net a painting of my gggrandfather that fought in the Civil War and who was captured (luckily) the 1st day of battle at Gettysburg who bears a striking resemblance to my own son.

It’s those kinds of finds that makes the search both enjoyable and worthwhile!

Happy ancestor hunting!


24 posted on 03/19/2012 7:37:49 PM PDT by BamaBelle
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To: smokingfrog

This is somewhat puzzling. Went to live with a cousin when I was 3 and never knew my mom. Several years ago I was trying to track down our family history and one of the things I found was the census report they completed in January 1940. Listed my dad, older sister and my grandparents but not my mom. Since I was born later that year, never could quite figure it out. But apparently parts of the census report have always been available if you knew where to look.


25 posted on 03/19/2012 7:41:13 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: abishai

https://the1940census.com/society/start/


26 posted on 03/19/2012 7:59:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

pinging myself for later. . .


27 posted on 03/19/2012 8:02:44 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. I have been waiting for this.


28 posted on 03/19/2012 8:06:03 PM PDT by zot
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To: BamaBelle

I found a picture of my great-great grandfather and his wife outside their home in Sweden. That was exciting. :~) No one in the family had seen it. I gave copies to those who wanted it.


29 posted on 03/19/2012 8:14:40 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust!)
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To: smokingfrog

bkmk for later


30 posted on 03/19/2012 8:42:26 PM PDT by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: smokingfrog

Thank you. Looks fun.


31 posted on 03/19/2012 9:37:52 PM PDT by abishai
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