News from the Reference Desk Category: History

Finding an apartment with RentSocial.com

RentSocial.com is a new website using social networking to search for an apartment. Similar to the consumer-reviewed site Yelp, users can leave remarks of buildings they currently or used to live in. You can also create your own RentSocial profile using your info from Facebook. The site gives an “activity feed,” where building owners, friends and neighbors can post messages. It’s all free of charge to users (the site makes money by charging building owners a monthly fee to be listed).

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.