For all of you ancestry buffs, I just got an email from ancestry.com informing me that all the 1940 census images have been uploaded to ancestry.com from the 1940 census archives. I clicked on the link in the email and a menu popped up with an option for; “State”, “County” and “Populated Place”. I entered a State, County and selected “Other Places” for the “Populated Place” option, since the populated place I was looking for was not listed, and a drop-down list of Enumeration Districts (ED) appeared. I then selected the (ED) for the Beat/District where the people I was looking for lived in 1940 and a set of census images were displayed. You must find the State, County, Beat or District and the (ED) within the Beat or District associated with the place a person lived in 1940 to find the correct set of 1940 census images where the person may be found.

The 1940 census archives website, http://1940census.archives.gov and the http://www.ancestry.com/ website has options for displaying State and County maps to help you find the Beat/District and (ED) for the place a person lived in 1940. The archives website maps are blurry and some (ED)’s found on the maps returned “Can’t be found” errors when entered. Ancestry.com (ED)’s are broken down more precisely than the archives (ED)’s which eliminates most errors in finding the images for the place someone lived in 1940.

In any case, you must know where the person lived in 1940 to find the (ED) and you must display each image page consecutively until you find the person you are looking for. An advantage of using ancestry.com is that you have control over image scrolling and magnification.

On the http://www.ancestry.com/ website, click the “1940 U.S. CENSUS is here” link in the upper right corner of the first screen. Click “See the 1940 Census now” link at bottom right of the second screen and if you are an ancestry.com subscriber, you will get the “Browse the 1940 U.S. Federal Census” screen. If you are not an ancestry.com subscriber and this is your first time accessing the site, you must give a name and an email address to get the 1940 census images. After non-subscriber first time users enters name and an email address, the “Browse the 1940 U.S. Federal Census” screen is displayed. The “Browse the 1940 U.S. Federal Census” screen is where you enter the “State”, “County” and “Populated Place” the person lived in 1940.

Hope that ancestry.com will speed up the process of indexing by name so that we can skip this time-consuming process.

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