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FamilySearch has created a page to recruit
volunteers for transcribing the 1940 census, scheduled for release April 2, 2012.
(We’re just 146 days from 1940 census nirvana!)
Unlike previous censuses, images of 1940 census records will be available free on
the National Archives and Records Administration website.
You won’t be able to search for an ancestor’s name right away; instead, you’ll have
to browse the record by enumeration district (more
on that—and figuring out your ancestor’s enumeration district—here).
FamilySearch is coordinating a volunteer effort to index those images as soon as they’re
released, so you’ll be able to search by name and click to see the record where the
If you want to help create the free, searchable 1940 census index, go here and sign
up on the right side of this page.
Starting in mid-April, subscription website Ancestry.com also
will begin streaming 1940 census records onto its website, where records
will be free to search at least through 2013.
Secrets CD, available from ShopFamilyTree.com, will help you find ancestors in
US censuses from 1790 through 1940.