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1940 Census now available!

April 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Resources

1940 Census PosterOur history librarian, Carol Singer, provides this overview of an exciting new release: the 1940 Census. She writes:

The 1940 Census was released on April 2. So many people were waiting for this census to be released that the site crashed under the overwhelming number of users. In the first 7 hours, the site received more than 37 million hits! You can search for your ancestor’s census data by address or enumeration district at http://1940census.archives.gov/

What kind of information will you find in this census? It includes the standard kinds of information, such as: name, age, gender, race, marital status, occupation, education, place of birth, and value of the house.  However, enumerators also asked some additional questions, such as how much income people had in 1939, where they lived five years earlier, and how much education they had received.

In addition, 5% of people were asked additional questions, such as where their parents were born and what was their native language. Veterans were asked whether they had served in World War I, the Spanish American War, the Boxer Rebellion, or another conflict. Women who were or had been married were asked how many times they had been married and how many children had ever been born to them.

For more information about the 1940 census, see http://www.census.gov/1940census/  And don’t forget to check out the Uncle Sam Yourself feature that allows you to upload your picture to replace Uncle Sam’s face in the 1940 Census poster.  You’ll find it at: http://www.census.gov/1940census/sam/index.html

Image from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC).

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