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Article:  Now Online: A Link Across Generations. National Archives makes makes 1940 Census documents available.

Census Bureau Webinar to Discuss 1940 Census Records Release from the Census Bureau
Audio conference — access information
Toll free number: 888-913-9972
Participant passcode: CENSUS
Note: Stay on the line until operator asks for the passcode. Do not key in passcode.
Online presentation — access information

Please login early, as some setup is required.
URL: <https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/>
Conference/meeting number: PW7478285
Conference/meeting passcode: 1940CENSUS

Family Search

Family Search Wiki                                                                                               United States Census 1940                                          https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Census_1940                                                                                            Scroll down past contents and Related Wiki Pages and you will find a wealth of information and valuable links.  It is logically set up so that the information is easy to follow and absorb.

National Archives and Records Administration                              Information on the 1940 Census                                                  http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/

Steve Morse’s Unified 1940 Census Enumeration District Finder  http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html


Finding and Using Census Records at the Newton Free Library
These Books include information on pre-1940 census records.

Your Guide to the Federal Census for Genealogists, Researchers, and Family Historians by Kathleeen W. Hinckley.  Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2002.  317.3 HINCKLEY

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Matthew Wright.   Orem, UT: Ancestry, 2002.  929.1 S99F

Mastering Census and Military Records: Volume III of Quillen’s Essentials of Genealogy by W. Daniel Quillen.  Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Press, 2012.  929.1 Q41M

State Census Records by Ann S. Lainhart. . Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. R 929.397 LAINHART

Book Chapters and Sections

Croom, Emily Anne.  “Federal Census Records.”  The Genealogists Companion and Sourcebook.  Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2003. Pages 10- 82.  929.107 CROOM

Dilts, G. David.  “Censuses and Tax Lists.”  Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records.  Edited by Kory L. Meyerink.  Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1998.  pp. 300-352. R 929.3 P93M

Greenwood, Val. “Census Returns.” The Reseacrher’s Guide to American Genealogy.  3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. pp. 233-290.   R 929.1 G85R

Greenwood, Val. “Using Census Returns.” The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.  3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. pp. 291-307. R 929.1 G85R

Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources.  Edited by Alice Eichholz. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2004.   R 929.107 R24E               Use this book to find the location of federal census records within any state in the Union.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Matthew Wright.  “Census Records.”  The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.  3rd ed. Edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking.  Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.  pp. 157-218.   R 929.3 S72S

Shepard, JoAnn.  Age Search Information.  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census: for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990. R 312 A26U                                                         Half of this pamphlet explains how to find age related material using federal census information.  The second half works with other records.

Background to the Census

Alterman, Hyman.  Counting People: The Census in History.  New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1969.  312 A46C

Halacy, D. S. (Daniel Stephen).  Census: 190 Years of Counting America. New York: Elsevier/Nelson, 1980.  353.008 H12C

Scott, Ann Herbert.  Census, U.S.A.: Fact Finding for the American People, 1790-1970.  Charts and graphs by Randolph Chitwood.  New York: Seabury Press, 1968.  312 S42C

Thorndale, William and William Dollarhide.  Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 – 1920.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987.  R 312 T39M

Specific Census Information by Place and/or Time

United States.  Bureau of the Census. Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790. vols. 1-12.  Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1908.  SR 312 U58N                                 Includes volumes for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Platt, Lyman De.  Census Records for Latin America and the Hispanic United States.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 1998.  929.1 P69C

  ———-Useful Internet Sites———-

Websites (The Free Stuff)

Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000. Made Available by the United States Census Bureau.  Publication originally issued September 2002.

Cyndi’s List

National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, D.C.
Waltham, MA

Family History Library in Salt Lake City https://familysearch.org/                                                                                          United States Census                                                                          https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Census                                                                                                    United States Census Searching https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Census_Searching

Databases  (The Stuff You’d Have to Pay for if We Didn’t)

Ancestry                                                                                                                                            This database is available within the Newton Free Library only.  There is no remote access unless you subscribe (and pay) yourself.  You can view all federal census records through 1930 by an individual’s name.  The indexing of names is not always accurate.  Mistakes in transcription can and do occur.


vea/updated 28 March 2012 and 3 April 2012
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com


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