January 16, 2022

1940 U.S. Census Released, Now Live on the Web

UPDATE: NYPL Labs Launches Web Tool to Assist in Finding New Yorkers in the 1940s Census
The service is named Direct Me: NYC.
MAJOR Kudos to the NYPL Lab Team!

With the massive amount of attention the release of the 1940s census has received be prepared for slow connections.

Note: At this time the 1940 Census IS NOT Searchable By Name.

From the NARA Web Site:

The 1940 census has not yet been indexed by name, so you must search the census by location or enumeration district. There are initiatives underway to make the 1940 census searchable by name, including a community volunteer project. If you’d like to help make the 1940 census name-index available for free you can sign-up as a volunteer at the1940census.com.

Key Links

1940 Census Fast Facts:

  • 3.8 Million Page Images from 4,000 Rolls of Microfilm
  • 16th Decennial Census, Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Census.


NARA’s 1940 Census Introductory Video (via YouTube)

See Also: Official NARA News Release

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.