Friday, March 9, 2012

Learn More About The 1940 Census

The 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be released to the public on Monday, April 2, 2012. The digitized images will be available for free at

You can learn more about the 1940 census at Find out what questions were asked, see sample forms, learn what the codes mean, and more.

You can also prepare for the census release by attending the many lectures on the 1940 census happening around the state. These include:

  • "Get Ready for the 1940 Census!" at the Danville Public Library on Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 AM. The workshop is free but seating is limited - register online at the library's events calendar or by calling the Indiana Room at (317) 745-2604 ext. 140.
  • "Introduction to the 1940 Census" at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, March 28 at 2:30 PM, Monday, April 2 at 2:30 PM and Saturday, April 7 at 10:00 AM. Please register in advance for this free class. Call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
  • "Genealogy Roundtable: 1940 Census" at the Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville on Tuesday, April 10 at 2:15 PM. No registration is required.
  • "Learning the 1940 Census" at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 AM. Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information. Cost is $10; $8 for IHS members.
  • "Ask The Expert: 1940 Census" at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Hamilton County on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm. No registration is required.

Can’t attend any 1940 census classes in Indiana? Watch the recorded webinar by Thomas MacEntee, "Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images?" from Legacy Family Tree. It is available for free until March 19, 2012 at

Now that you know more about the 1940 Census and are ready for the digitized images to be released, consider joining with the Indiana Genealogical Society and FamilySearch to create a free index to the entire 1940 Census. Find out how you can be a part of our efforts at


  1. I can't wait for the 1940 census to be released. How long do you think it will take them to get it indexed?

    Regards, Jim
    Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

    1. It's not known how long it will take to finish indexing the 1940 census - we're hoping to get the Indiana portion of the census indexed the soonest.