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The 1940 U. S. Census Made Available

March 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Events, Library Databases, Local History, NH Room

Under U. S. law, the U. S. Decennial Census remains closed to the public for 72 years to protect the privacy and rights of living people who may be named in the census. Currently, only the 1790 to 1930 Censuses are available to the public for research. On April 02, 2012, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will open the 1940 U. S. Census to the public.  The census will be available free of charge on their web site, www.nara.gov.  But, it will not be indexed by name. Ancestry.com will also receive the 1940 Census from NARA on that date.  It will be available to the public in mid-April , without a name index on both their subscription site, www.Ancestry.com and on the Ancestry Library Edition. Once Ancestry receives the 1940 Census, they will immediately begin the task of compiling the name index. It may take a few years to complete but the census can be used if you already know where your ancestors lived. The Manchester City Library subscribes to the Ancestry Library Edition which is one of the databases on our public computers.   HeritageQuest, the database you can search from home by using your library card, will also receive the non-indexed version of the 1940 Census and it, too, will also be indexed in a few years. Remember this is the census taken just prior to the U. S. entering World War II.  Now is the time to begin compiling your list of ancestors and where they lived to save yourself time searching the1940 Census this Spring!

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