1940 U.S. Federal Census

According to the National Archives and Records Administration web site, questions on the 1940 Census include standard ones such as: name, age, gender, race, education, and place of birth. It also asks new questions, reflecting concerns of the Great Depression. The instructions ask the enumerator to enter an X after the name of the person furnishing the information about the family; to note whether the person worked for the CCC, WPA, or NYA the week of March 24-30, 1940; and to list where they lived on April 1, 1935.

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 descriptions.

Special Coverage 1940 Census
  • 1940 U. S. Census Questions Asked
  • The Genealogy News, 1940 Census Edition (PDF)
  • The 1940 Census Web Sites
  • The 1940 Census Joint Project: Archives.com, FamilySearch, findmypast.com, and other organizations.
  • 1940 United States Federal Census (at Ancestry.com)
  • 1940 U. S. Census at CensusRecords.com (from brightsolid)
  • 1940 U. S. Census on MyHeritage
  • U. S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940 (at Ancestry.com)
  • 1940 Census Images at NARA
  • Major Announcements
  • Explore the 1940 U. S. Census on MyHeritage
  • National Archives Announces Website for Free 1940 Census Release Online on April 2, 2012
  • Three Genealogy Powerhouses Join Forces to Publish 1940 U. S. Census
  • National Archives to Release 1940 Census Free Online on April 2, 2012
  • 1940 Census to be Free on Ancestry.com
  • << The Genealogy Guide

    << Archived Materials

    What's New in Genealogy ... Today!
    click to view original photo