Apr 12, 2012

1940 Census: Learn the Tricks for Finding Your Family


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Ancestry.com Update: 1940 Census Edition
See Your Family in 1940 Now!
What can we say about the 1940 Census, other than it's one good-looking 72-year old? Clear images, nice handwriting, straight pages … who wouldn't want to take a peek at what they can find in it on Ancestry.com?
So we'll cut to the chase: go look for someone in the 1940 Census. If that person lived in Nevada or Delaware, our first two indexed states, you can search for him or her by name. And if the state you want isn't indexed yet, we'll help you find the right enumeration district so you can page through just the images that are most apt to contain your family.
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"Help Anne! I want to find George Canavan in 1940 in Pittsburgh. But Pennsylvania is HUGE and I don't know where to start. I'm impatient and really want to find something. Help me!"
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Due to a technical glitch, we need you to tell us one more time: where was your family in 1940? We'll send you an email as soon as you can start searching by name in that state.
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