Skip to comments.First-ever release of 1940 census may be a treasure trove
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.
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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.
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It would be interesting to look up some of my relatives when the database by name becomes available.
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?
This is the only one I’ve found so far ~
Until the name search is available, it will be very difficult for most people.
ancestry.com is theft.
Who’s doing the name indexing, and anyone know if there’s a way to volunteer help?
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.
Thanks for the link!
Thanks for that link!
Check your local library to see if they have an account. My wife uses ancestry.com at the library for free all the time.
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.
“pointillistic”? Someone has a new dictionary!
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.
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.
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!
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.
pinging myself for later. . .
Thanks for the ping. I have been waiting for this.
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.
bkmk for later
Thank you. Looks fun.