1940 Census Index Ready for Searching

The genealogy community was buzzing with excitement earlier this year when the 1940 census was released.  The problem with the original release was that none of the names were indexed. Only a page by page search could be done if you knew where your family had been living in 1940.  Not that searching page after page isn’t fun, but now the huge indexing project has been completed.

There are two main sites that have indexed versions.  The first one is familysearch.org.  Their site is free to everyone and will be available online permanently.  The other big source is Ancestry.com.  Right now anyone can access the 1940 census on Ancestry, but at some point only subscribers will have access. The good news is that KDL does subscribe to Ancestry.com (available on library computers only).


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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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