72 Years in Waiting...
The 1940 census was released on April 2, 2012 and it's one of the most anticipated events in recent times for family historians
The digital images are be accessible free of charge at NARA facilities nationwide through NARA public access computers as well as on personal computers via the internet.
To learn more about the 1940 Census visit:
HOW DO I FIND MY FAMILY IN 1940?
The census images will take some time to get indexed for searching on your favorite genealogy sites like Ancestry.com, so if you'd like to find your research targets faster than skimming through thousands of images, here are some tips:
What was their address in or near 1940? The address of your family determines what Enumeration District (ED) they were in. There are many places you may find the address if you don't have one:
- City directories or phone books from the period. Try your local library. For Hudson County we suggest contacting the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library for its collection of city directories. Ancestry.com also has an extensive collection of city directories from Hudson County.
- The World War II "Old Man's Draft" Registration in 1942 usually has the address of the registrant. If you had an older man living with the family who was eligible for this draft, you may be in luck. Ancestry.com is one of the places that has this database.
- The 1930 Census. People may have moved in the 10 years between 1930 and 1940, but if you have no other address, their 1930 address may be your best bet. The SteveMorse.org website has a way to convert a 1930 ED to a 1940 ED. The National Archives 1940 census website also has a converter
If you have an address:
- You may want to use Google Maps to find the cross streets around the street where your family lived (especially in urban areas). Knowing the streets around your block will help narrow the number of EDs you need to search by hand.
- Use the finding tool on the National Archives website to locate the ED for your address.
- After you locate your ED and search for it, the NARA website will provide an overview description of the ED as shown in the sample search result below. Clicking 'Census Schedules' will take you to the page where you can view the images of the census (by clicking the thumbnail image). If you are having trouble, you can double-check that you are in the right ED by viewing a map of the streets in 1940 with the EDs overlaid on it.
Visit the page "Obtaining EDs for the 1910-1940 Census in One Step" by Stephen P. Morse to learn more.