Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The 1940 U.S. Census

The digitized 1940 U.S. Census will be available on April 2, 2012. There is a lot of excitement in the genealogy community, as this census covers "The Greatest Generation" and their parents. I expect to find my parents and grandparents there.

What else will I find? The 1940 census collected information on:
Full name
Age (can be used to calculate an approximate birth year)
Relationship to the head of household (active military personnel in naval yards, army posts, etc. may use the term "Sailor" or list military rank rather than actual relationship to head of household)
Birthplace of the individual and the parents (included even if the parents were not members of the household)
Marital status (single, married, widowed, or divorced)
Year immigrated to the United States
Whether a naturalized citizen
Native language if foreign-born and whether can speak English
Whether a military veteran
Street address and house number

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