The 1940 Census Release: A Year Later

The 1940 Census - One Year Later

Can you believe that one year ago today, right about this time, many genealogists in the United States were poised at their keyboards awaiting the much anticipated release of the 1940 Census images? Whether you actually found something related to your family history that day or waited until the rush passed, you must admit that April 2, 2012, was a landmark day for genealogy!

With over 134 million names on over 3.8 million images , the volunteer genealogy community was able to index the 1940 Census in record time. What was anticipated to take almost a year, was completed on August 3, 2012, in only 123 days!

Some Ideas for Your 1940 Census Blog Post

If you decide to recap your experience with the 1940 Census images and index, here are some inspiration points for your blog post:

  • What did the release of the 1940 Census mean to you personally? What do you think it meant for the genealogy community and industry?
  • What did you hope to find prior to the release of the 1940 Census images and were you successful?
  • Did you feel that the 1940 Census release lived up to the hype or was it overblown?
  • Are you still finding treasures in the 1940 Census and how have they helped your genealogy and family history research?

Posts from GeneaBloggers About the 1940 Census

Here is what we were discussing in terms of the 1940 Census last year in March 2012 during the lead up to the release of the images and afterwards:


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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.