1940 Census Day: Hometown Pride Edition

That’s right. Whether you’re looking for a long lost relative, doing industry research on regional demographics, in charge of a Historical Society, or just a Nosey Nellie, the 1940 Census is online and ready for your eager clicks!

Do take a look at the site first though. The National Archives have set up some great tutorials, both in print and in video form, to make your searching and understanding of the results a little more intuitive.

As to be expected, the excitement and curiosity levels are high for this excellent project and the site is experiencing some minor wait times. Be patient! I waited a few more than a few minutes and found this excellent map of the town I grew up in!

Stoughton, aka Tough-Town (a modern nicknaming), c1940


Looking for something New York-centric , but a little more specific, and feel lost without a proper census enumeration district? Head on over to NYPL, where you can search newly-digitized phone books and convert simple addresses into data that will help your Census search go more smoothly! 

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