The 1940 U.S. Census will be released on 2 Apr 2012. NARA is releasing the entirety of the census as free digital images.
This wonderful news is modified with the knowledge that the records need to be indexed to be useful to genealogists and other researchers.
Fortunately, FamilySearch is going to engage in that process by providing images online along with the tools and related training so all of us can help in the indexing.
Visit the FamilySearch 1940 U.S. Census Page to sign up and read about the release and associated indexing project.
FamilySearch notes that several new questions were included in the 1940 census that will be of interest to genealogists:
- Where people lived 5 years before
- Highest educational grade achieved
- Detailed income and occupation
Additionally, 5% of the respondents were asked supplemental questions that included the place of birth of the person’s father and mother and marriage information for all women who were or had been married.
Most of us genealogists have long waited this release. Be a part of its success. FamilySearch has and continues to provide millions of free records to us. Repay that gift by signing up and participating in the indexing of the 1940 census.