Every State in the 1940 Census Now Available!

by Amy Johnson Crow

Posted on August 17, 2012

Today is a monumental day. We've just posted the remaining states in the 1940 U.S. census! That's right -- now you can search all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Panama Canal Zone, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We couldn't be more excited! You can search the census for free at Archives.com/1940-census.

The 1940 U.S. census launched in April to unprecedented excitement. Millions of people had to search through the images page-by-page looking for their ancestors because there was no index. That's where the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project came in.

1940-census-logo.png The Community Project was spearheaded to create an every-name index to the 132 million people who were listed in the 1940 census. With the dedication of more than 165,000 volunteers, this enormous job was done in less than five months!

We are so proud to be a sponsor of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. It has been rewarding to help bring such a valuable resource to family historians everywhere, and inspiring to see the dedication of the passionate volunteer force.

Keep watching this blog for updates on the index for Puerto Rico, which is still being indexed.

Now that all 50 states are complete, don't just sit there -- go find your ancestors in the 1940 census!

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