At 12.01am Monday, at the NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) offices in Maryland, we received the 1940 US Federal Census images. We immediately headed to our new data center to begin uploading the images for our users.
As we’ve announced on this blog, we’re providing access to the census (images and index) for free and we’ll provide automatic alerts whenever there’s a match between your family tree and a census record.
As a genealogist, I’m excited about the release of the 1940 census. Not only will it be online but - better yet - it will be available directly from WorldVitalRecords.com and MyHeritage.com on the very day that NARA releases the census to the public.
It is essential for researchers to know their enumeration districts (EDs) to ensure their early success on April 2nd. The last thing you want to do is call Grandma to help you find the location you should be searching instead of actually spending time in the census images.
At MyHeritage, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re playing our part in this big moment in family history and, as of April 2, we’ll be offering you the census images and a growing searchable name index, completely free of charge.