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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1940 CENSUS RELEASE--APRIL 2, 2012

On April 2, 2012, the 1940 Census will celebrate its 72nd birthday and become widely available to researchers for the first time at 8:00 a.m. (CST). Users will be able to search, browse, and download the approximate 3.8 million 1940 Census schedules, maps and enumeration district descriptions, free of charge, from their own computers or from the public computers at National Archives locations through the new 1940 Census website. No other website will host the 1940 Census data on its April 2 release date.

To mark this historic event, the National Archives at Kansas City’s research rooms will be open to the public on Monday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Patrons will be able to utilize free WiFi to work from their personal laptops or from a National Archives public access computer. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist with research.

In order to familiarize patrons with this new record, the National Archives at Kansas City will offer Introduction to the 1940 Census on March 31 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., April 2 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., and again on April 5 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Learn what questions were asked, what is new since the 1930 Census, and what you need to know in order to successfully search for your ancestors. Explore what your ancestors’ lives were like in 1940 by discovering this “new” record.

Introduction to the 1940 Census Workshop Schedule:

March 31 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

April 2 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

April 5 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

To make a reservation for these free workshops, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit our website.

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