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When the 1940 census is released free online this April 2 at 9 a.m. ET, you can view
your ancestors’ records free at 1940census.archives.gov.
According to the National Archives announcement, no other website will host the 1940
census data on its April 2 release date. Shortly after, though, you’ll also be able
to view records free on Ancestry.com.
The National Archives and the US Census Bureau also are starting a 40 Days to the
’40 Census campaign. You can follow updates on Twitter (the
hashtag is #1940Census), Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube,
and the blogs NARAtions and Prologue:
Pieces of History.
The video below gives you a behind-the-scenes look at census preparations and tips
on how to access the data on April 2—such as figuring
out the enumeration district (ED) where your family lived. We explained how to
do this in a post
about Morse’s One-Step questionnaire that guides you through the process.
To figure out the ED, you’ll need to know your ancestors’ address (or the street name
and a cross street) at the time of the census. If your family didn’t move between
1930 and 1940, you also can use their ED in the 1930 census to determine their ED