Saturday, March 31, 2012

1940 Census: Cram Course Step 2

Still busy preparing for Monday's release the 1940 Census on April 2, 2012? It will be available for online searching free of charge at Be sure to join the webinar sessions to SHARE what you discover once the images go live.If you are still cramming to prepare... 

Collect addresses for these people for whom you plan to search.
Sources for addresses include:

  • City Directories (NARA has original Circa 1940 City Directories for Washington, DC. The Library of Congress holds a large nationwide collection of city directories and many libraries hold local directories.)
  •  The 1930 Census (useful for people who did not move between 1930 and 1940). If you have a person's enumeration district (ED) number from the 1930 Census you can use "The Converting between 1930 and 1940 Census ED1940s in One Step" search utility at to find the equivalent ED for the 1940 Census.
  • World War II Draft Records (contact the National Archives' Regional Location for the state in which your ancestor lived)
  • Naturalization Petitions or Declarations of Intent filed close to 1940 (contact the National Archives' Regional Location for the state in which your ancestor lived)
  • Look at City Directories at
  • Look for city directories using Google. You never know what's been scanned by individuals, societies or organizations and place online.
  • Search newspapers at for information from society pages, etc. that may list your ancestors.
  • A death certificate for a spouse will likely list the home address.

Paula Stuart-Warren shares ideas in Finding Addresses for the 1940 Census.

Wendy Lettrell injects humor into our 1940 census prep with Are You Ready?

Randy Seaver posted many articles in his Genea-Musings blog.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.  

1 comment:

  1. The following notice is of interest to researchers of people in New York City for the 1940 US Census:

    "Road to the 1940 Census - At 10am on Monday April 2, in conjunction with the National Archives' release of the 1940 Federal Census, the Milstein Division and NYPL Labs will launch a new website featuring newly digitized 1940 phone directories for the five boroughs of New York City. This highly interactive tool will permit researchers to convert historical street addresses into Census Enumeration Districts, enabling more targeted navigation of the Census records. Watch this space for the link!"