The 1940 U.S. federal census will be released 2 April 2012. Digital images will be accessible free of charge. FamilySearch.org census will begin indexing the images the day of release so that they are searchable online at no cost. Be prepared to browse with no index when the census is first released.
Several new questions were asked of the public for this census. In addition to the usual questions on name, age, race, place of birth, the person who responded to the questions is noted. Other questions include the place of resident on 1 April 1935, income during the past 12 months, and employment of all those age 14 or older. For more information on the 1940 census, go here 1940 Census
It is hard to believe this will be the 5th census record released during my genealogy career. When I began, the last census available was the 1880 and now we are eagerly awaiting the 1940. This one is especially important to me as, for the first time, my parents, as a married couple, will be listed.
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by Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG
Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog