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Now that sites have completed their 1940 US census image collections and are working
on indexing the records, census news is coming more slowly. Here’s where to find 1940
census records and the indexes that are available so far:
Record images for all US states and territories are available free, as are searchable
name indexes for Delaware and Nevada. An index for Washington, DC, is “in process.”
A chart on the 1940 census page lets you see indexing progress.
Digitized records are available here for all US states and territories.
The name index for the state of Delaware is now completed and available to researchers. Search
You can use the
map at FamilySearch’s 1940 census site to see the indexing progress of the 1940
Census Community Project. The darker the state, the more records volunteers have indexed.
The completed indexes will become searchable free on FamilySearch,
as well as its commercial partners Archives.com and FindMyPast.com.
Records for all states and territories are available now for free, as is an index
to all of Rhode Island. MyHeritage
also has updated its mobile app so you can search 1940 census records from your
iPhone, iPad or Android phone.
The 1940 census record images also are available
on FamilyLink.com, which MyHeritage purchased last year. You’ll need to register
for a free account on the site (if you don’t already have an account there) to view
Records for all states and territories are available here for free.
P.S. The Ancestry Insider blog has a good
comparison of the census record image viewers on the four sites listed above.
It might help you decide which site to use for your 1940 ancestor search.