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From: Leslie Thomas <>
Subject: Re: [NCYANCEY] Fw: National Archives press release: free websitefor 1940 census to be released 2 Apr.
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:19:12 -0500
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Thanks Donna,
I was just thinking about when this would be happening.

Leslie Barker Thomas

A generation who ignores history has no past and no future ... Robert Heinlein

On Feb 26, 2012, at 8:40 AM, Donna Heller Zinn wrote:

Hello Fellow Listers:

The following e-mail just came through the Washington County, Maryland List
and I thought it was most interesting!!!! Can't wait!

----- Original Message -----
Subject: FYI: National Archives press release: free website for 1940 census
to be released 2 Apr. 2012:


Press Release
February 21, 2012
National Archives Announces Website for Free 1940 Census Release
Online on April 2, 2012:

Tomorrow Starts the Countdown of ’40 Days to the ’40 Census’

Washington, DC…Today the National Archives, with its partner, launched its new website in
preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release, which will
take place on April 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (EST). The public is encouraged
to bookmark the website now in order to more quickly access the 1940
census data when it goes live. No other website will host the 1940
census data on its April 2 release date.

The National Archives has teamed up with the U.S. Census Bureau to
celebrate “40 Days to the ’40 Census.” Using social media channels to
post videos, images, facts, and links to workshops nationwide, the
National Archives is getting its researchers ready for the online
launch on April 2. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (using hashtag
#1940Census), Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, and subscribe to our
blogs: NARAtions and Prologue: Pieces of History.

On April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse, and download
the 1940 census schedules, free of charge, from their own computers or
from the public computers at National Archives locations nationwide
through the new 1940 census website:

A National Archives 3:13 minute video short on its YouTube channel
( and on
provides a “behind-the-scenes” view of staff preparations and gives
viewers tips on how to access the data once it is launched on April 2.
This video is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright
restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution
of it.

Background on the 1940 Census

While the original intent of the census was to determine how many
representatives each state was entitled to send to the U.S. Congress,
it has become a vital tool for Federal agencies in determining
allocation of Federal funds and resources. The census is also a key
research tool for sociologists, demographers, historians, political
scientists and genealogists. Many of the questions on the 1940 census
are the standard ones: name, age, gender, and race, education, and
place of birth. But the 1940 census also asks many new questions, some
reflecting concerns of the Great Depression. The instructions ask the
enumerator to enter a circled x after the name of the person
furnishing the information about the family; whether the person worked
for the CCC, WPA, or NYA the week of March 24–30, 1940; and income for
the 12 months ending December 31, 1939. The 1940 census also has a
supplemental schedule for two names on each page. The supplemental
schedule asks the place of birth of the person's father and mother;
the person's usual occupation, not just what they were doing the week
of March 24–30, 1940; and for all women who are or have been married,
has this woman been married more than once and age at first marriage.

For the release of the 1940 census online, the National Archives has
digitized the entire census, creating more than 3.8 million digital
images of census schedules, maps, and enumeration district
About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent
Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that
trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people.
> From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary
Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the
lives of millions of people. The National Archives is a public trust
upon which our democracy depends, ensuring access to essential
evidence that protects the rights of American citizens, documents the
actions of the government, and reveals the evolving national
About is a family history website, owned and operated by
Inflection a data commerce company headquartered in the heart of
Silicon Valley. Inflection was chosen by the National Archives to host
the 1940 census website. Learn more at

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