The 72-year wait is over: See the 1940 census

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1930 census

The US census of 1940

At long last, the 1940 US census has been made available to the public!

The records were officially released at midnight on April 2, 2012. This marks a full seventy-two years since the reports were taken — the amount of time that must pass as required by law before the records are made public.

When the 1930 records were released in 2002, the Internet was nowhere near as massive or as fast or as comprehensive as it is today. This means that now, more than ever, people will be able to share and make use of these records for genealogical and anthropolical research than ever before.

Access the data for free via the US National Archive’s special site 1940census.archives.gov. Ancestry.com members can also visit ancestry.com/1940-census.

The next census — for 1950 — will be made available in 2022.

 

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