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1940 Census Now Searchable by Name

The 1940 Census was made available to the public in April 2012 by the National Archives.  At first it could only be searched using street addresses.  With the help of scores of volunteers who indexed millions of names, it is now possible to search the 1940 Census by name.  The Census is available at www.familysearch.org for free.  It is also available for free at www.ancestry.com through 2013.  If you need assistance using this resource, please contact the Reference Department.

By Patricia Smolin on August 10, 2012 Categories: Census

1940 Census

On April 2, 2012, the National Archives will release the records of the 1940 Census.  The only place they will be available is the web site  http://1940census.archives.gov/  There is no name index available yet.  Volunteers from many genealogy organizations are working to prepare this index but the project will take several months.  Therefore, in order to find the record for a particular family, a researcher must know where that family lived in 1940 and from that information determine the enumeration district that included that address.  For more information on locating that enumeration district, please look at the web site prepared by Steve Morse http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html.  He has prepared search engines for many large cities and other areas. FamilySearchhas some states and so does My Heritage.

Using Census Data to Help Your Business

Participate in this online class right from your desk over your lunch hour.

Learn the basics about the layout of the new American Factfinder Census Data Tool. This webinar will focus on where to find demographic and economic data about geographies of your choosing, which will help make informed decisions when it comes to starting or managing a small business.

This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online or by telephone at 224-543-1485. Email address required. After registering you will receive an email containing information about joining the webinar approximately one week prior to the event.

Presented by the US Census Bureau for the Vernon Area Public Library.

By julie collins on February 25, 2012 Categories: Business, Census

2010 Census Cautions

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.  If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.  For further precautions and information: 2010 Census Cautions.

By MPPL on February 27, 2010 Categories: Census

2010 Census Cautions

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.  If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.  For further precautions and information: 2010 Census Cautions.

By MPPL on September 30, 2009 Categories: Census