This year, April 2 isn’t just the day after April Fools Day

This is an image of a poster used for promotional efforts during the 1940 Census. via US Census Bureau launch website.

Confidentiality laws set in place dictate that the US Census reports must maintain a 72 year dormancy before they are released to the public. April 2, 2012 celebrates not only the release of the 1940 Census records, but the first time they will ever be released to the public ONLINE! The records, which will be available  free of charge, will be indexed the by state, county, city, township or minor civil division, and enumeration district.

In anticipation for this amazing researchable collection, the Bureau has set up a website which answers questions about the release, the Census records themselves, and about how the organization provides Government data to the masses.

Count it down!

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