- How Do I?
- Online Resources
The 1940 U.S. Census opened to researchers April 2, 2012.
There is no name index and there isn’t likely to be for several months.
You can find your family members if you know their enumeration district, so a good starting place is to figure out where they were living. In cities, you’ll need an address or the names of both streets at the nearest intersection to where they lived. In small towns, you’ll only need the name of the town and county, and on farms, you’ll need the county and township.
Once you have the location information, you can search the 1940 census for free on any computer with internet access through NARA's 1940 Census Search Page. You can also search using Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com requires a subscription, but the MHS Library subscribes and our users can access it for free from any Library computer.
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