At last, the 1940 Census will be available online for free on Monday, April 2, at 9 a.m. from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website. Shortly after appearing on the NARA site, the 1940 census will be available at Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, and Ancestry.com. The indexing process will begin immediately, but it will be months before the entire 1940 census index is completed.
While you are waiting for the name indices, you will need to search page by page for your ancestors. The Genealogy Center is offering to assist you with this searching through our "Introduction to the 1940 Census" class being offered twice in the first week of April. The class will provide information and tips on narrowing your search. Sessions are available on Monday, April 2, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B and Saturday, April 7, 10:00- 11:00 a.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B. For more information, go here.
Please register for either of these classes by calling 260-421-1225 or email us here.