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With today’s big announcement over at about their partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to unveil the 1940 Census, genealogists and family historians need to start plotting their strategy on how to find the images they need on April 2, 2012. And, you won’t need an membership to access the imagesthey will be FREE!

Why start planning now? Well the census records won’t be indexed right away (there are several efforts planned to accelerate the indexing of the 1940 US Census) and most researchers will need to search for the exact images for their ancestors who were enumerated in the census.

Who Will You Find in the 1940 US Census? And How?

So, do you already have a list of those ancestors you’ll be looking for in the 1940 US Census on Monday, April 2, 2012? Do you have a plan or a strategy? Any tips or tricks to share with other genealogists?

We’d love to hear your plans for the 1940 US Census once it is released. Tell us who you’ll be looking for and also share your tips and strategy for the 1940 US Census over at your genealogy blog and you could win one of five a 1-year memberships at! Here’s how:

To win, simply create a post at your genealogy blog about the 1940 US Census and how you’ll be using the FREE images at Include a link to the Census page  ( and post a hyperlink to your post here in the comments section. We’ll draw five winners at random on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

What will you do with the membership if you win? Well, you could use it yourself, give it away at a contest at your own blog or even donate it to your local genealogical society for a door prize. The recipient will get access to over 1.5 Billion records at! No matter who gets the membership, keep in mind there are only 136 days to prepare for the release of the 1940 US Census images!

How To Participate In This Contest

Between Thursday, November 17, 2011 and 11:59 pm Central Standard  Time (GST -6) Monday, November 21, 2011, create a blog post at your genealogy blog about how you plan use the 1940 US Census images at Your blog must be listed at GeneaBloggers; you must include a link to the Census page (; and you must hyperlink the blog post to this post using the Comments feature below. Commenters must leave a valid e-mail address when completing the form so they can be contacted if they are selected as the winner.

Winners will be drawn at random from the eligible comments on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:00 am Central Standard Time.  Winners will be contacted via email.  Once contact is confirmed, the prize will be conveyed to the winners.

Contest Rules


  • TERM: The 1940 US Census Contest (“Contest”) will run from Thursday, November 17, 2011 through 11:59 pm Monday, November 21, 2011, Central Standard Time (GST -6).
  • PRIZE: Five 1-year memberships at; one membership awarded to each winner. Value = $39.95 US.
  • ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries received.  Five winners will be drawn at random.
  • DISCLAIMER: GeneaBloggers is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by GeneaBloggers on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any web site or any combination thereof. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any materials used in the Contest.
  • DISQUALIFICATION: Your entry will be disqualified if (a) your blog post does not pertain to how to use the 1940 US Census for genealogy research purposes; (b) your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers at; (c) you do not include the link in your post; (d) you do not leave a valid e-mail address in the entry form; and/or (e) you do not include a valid e-mail address for contact purposes.
  • SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be selected in an electronically randomized manner on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:00 am CST for the Contest. The winners will be announced in a blog post on and notified via e-mail shortly thereafter, and will have 96 hours to contact GeneaBloggers regarding their prize. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.
  • NOTIFICATION: Each prize winner will be notified by e-mail sent to the e-mail address used in their comment to this post.  GeneaBloggers is under no obligation to notify winners by any means other than e-mail. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for notifications that are misdirected or not received because of e-mail addresses or mailing addresses that are no longer correct. If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during three (3) business days from the first notification attempt, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will result in the awarding of that prize to an alternate winner.
  • REDEMPTION: GeneaBloggers will deliver the prize as follows:  Once a prize winner responds to the notification from GeneaBloggers, GeneaBloggers will contact to arrange for delivery of the prize to the prize winner.
  • CONDITIONS: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold GeneaBloggers and Thomas MacEntee, and all prize suppliers harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest or any product purchased, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of GeneaBloggers and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Contest Rules. All decisions regarding the Contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by GeneaBloggers, whose decisions shall be final. Winners are individually responsible for all applicable taxes.

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8 thoughts on “ 1940 US Census Contest

  1. I would love to win be able to do more genealogy having a hard time finding some family members it is so interesting to find detailed info and pictures of family

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