The 1940 census was released on Monday, April 2nd but we must all be patient as the images are uploaded on the various sites. There are 3.6 million images which will take time.
These census images are being made available on FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and http://1940census.archives.gov/.
While the indexing begins looking for an ancestor in this census can be a challenge as explained in an earlier blog post. Enumeration districts can be complicated, asking for cross streets and surrounding street names may still not get you to the correct one.
Still the opportunity to locate one's kin page by page is evident as one reads through the various posts of excitement and successes on Facebook over the last few days. It is interesting to see how the different uploads are progressing.
FindMyPast.com is offering to look up a person for you and let you know when that record is available:
Alabama - Colorado - Delaware - Florida - Kansas - Louisiana - Oklahoma - Oregan - Virgina
Ancestry.com has uploaded a few more:
Of course all of them are available through NARA.gov but the length of time it takes to load the images varies according to how overwhelmed the servers are at the time one is on.
Indexing has begun as batches are now ready and waiting. Many are working already as some have reported their indexing achievements on Facebook which is really wonderful to hear!
Enjoy your hunt but do take some time to pitch in and help index these records for our ancestors. To sign-up and get started just go to http://the1940census.com/, when you scroll to the bottom of the page click on "Download the Indexing Software", install it and choose a batch! Be sure to post your sucesses and any finds!
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