1940 U.S. Census Records

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The 1940 Census...

Digital images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census were released to the public by the National Archives (NARA) on 2 April 2012. Ancestry.com has completed indexing the 1940 U.S. Census.

1940 Census Records are available for free online at:

You can see a summary of the information given in the 1940 census here:
Compact Guide to the 1940 Census

For a more detailed list of questions asked see:
Questions Asked on the 1940 Census Form

You can read the instructions given to the census enumerators here:
1940 Census: Instructions to Enumerators

Here you can find some tips on how you might be able to find people based on their address...
How to Start Your 1940 Census Research - Article from the National Archives

You can download a high resolution PDF of a blank 1940 census form at:
Blank 1940 Census Form from the U.S. Census Bureau

For some help with census records for other years see:
US Census Records - The Basics - a simple guide for researching in census records 1790-1940


Searching 1950 and Later U.S. Census Records

For information on searching census records after 1940 see:

1950 and Later U.S. Census Records






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