The following was just received from our friends at Ancestry.com. Looks like this offer for free access to the 1930 census is designed to get us excited about the release of the 1940. Determining where our ancestors were living ten years earlier it may give us a heads up as to where they'd be in 1940, provided they didn't move. (And that is some caveat, eh?)
Take a glimpse into the lives of your family 82 years ago by searching the 1930 U.S. Census for FREE this weekend. Find out details, such as:• Household names, including brothers and sisters or children• Marriage details, including years and birthplaces that can lead to a birth or marriage certificate• Information about occupations, military service, citizenship and moreRecent enhancements to the 1930 census on Ancestry.com provide you with six new fields to help you refine your search and clearer images to make your results more accurate than ever before.
So let's do our homework and get our 1930 census research done. This is especially important for noting the ED (enumeration district) which may help locating our city-dwelling ancestors in the 1940.
Remember that when the images of the 1940 census are made available 2 April 2012, there won't be an index. For that you'll need to volunteer to assist by visiting http://the1940census.com. It could take as long as six months unless the genealogy community rallies around this volunteer indexing effort.
Happy family tree climbing!
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