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1940 Census
Peggy Norris, Local History Librarian, helps
Phyllis Cole and Mary Rogers with the 1940 census.
Ridgewood, ca. 1940

The 1940 United States Census enumeration sheets were released to the public on April 2, 2012. The questions answered reveal names, ages, place of birth, place of residence in 1935, employment status, and more.

Monday April 30, 6:30-8:30 pm OR Saturday May 19, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 1940 Census Help . Volunteers will assist you in searching the 1940 census. To register for one of these three sessions, Click here or call 201-670-5600, x 130.


Use these links to access the 1940 Census and information about it.


Stephen Morse 1940 ED Finder
Find the ED and click through to the census images all at Stephen Morse' site.

1940 Census Images when you already have the ED

1940 ED Maps


Handout: Easy Searching the
1940 Census

Extraction Form--read the questions for each column; record the census information

Search OPA for ED Maps

1940 @t AncestryLE  

1940 New York phone books

General Information, Questions Asked, and Codes

1940 Census - Instructions to Enumerators


Register to help index the 1940 Census.
FamilySearch: Register to Participate in the 1940 Census Indexing Project

NARA: Register to Participate in the 1940 Census Indexing Project


VIDEOS produced by the Census Bureau in 1940
Video: 1940 Census - Census of Population by the Census Bureau (1940)
Video: 1940 Census - Introduction by the Census Bureau (1940)

VIDEO showing the times
Video: 1940 Census - Revealing Grandma's Secrets by SCGS
Video: Census Documenting Great Depression

VIDEO: how to
Video: Navigating the 1940 U.S. Census by Thomas MacEntee


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