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Ahhh....the wait is over. And so we see what the 1940 census population schedules look like at long last (with names filled in). My first image came courtesy of FamilySearch.org and was for a somewhat random enumeration district in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It details residents at the Beth El General Hospital (El Paso County).
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Finding 1940 Census Enumeration Districts
As the 1940 census will be released in just 46 days, it's well worth a few minutes to look at this great tool created by Steve Morse, Joel Weintraub, and volunteers!
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#RootsTech opens to record crowds in Salt Lake City . . . and just 59 days until we (in the USA) get a peek at the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!!
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Gerard Cote wins 1940 Boston Marathon
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Gerard Cote was a French-Canadian and world-famous runner. He first won the Boston Marathon on 19 April 1940 . . . just as 123,000+ enumerators were fanning out across the country to record details form American families.
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1940 Census - April 2, 2012
Just 5 days and it seems the clock is ticking quicker now! Who will YOU find? And how quickly?
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1940 Census Prep for this Weekend
I called an 88 year old Great Aunt last night who was 16 when the 1940 census was taken. My simple question to her (Do you recall where you were living in April 1940?) triggered other wonderful memories and clues that I would have likely never known about. As part of your 'getting ready' you should make a call too if you're fortunate enough to have elder family members still with you!! Firsthand accounts are priceless!!
The 1940 Census of the United States will soon be available for genealogy and family history research. If you or your ancestors were living in the United States, they were likely recorded in the 1940 ...
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One of those duh moments - we are so busy using our computers we forget we can just engage in a little bit of face to face (in person) or voice to voice (over the phone) interaction. The people connection - let's not forget it! When I showed my father the 1930 Census page for his family (he wasn't around yet) he knew the neighbors' names because the neighborhood did not change much and he told great stories about the various neighbors and recalled folks he had forgotten about (including a relative who lived a few blocks away!).
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Unique to 1940 Census
One interesting aspect of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census is that (in column 7), the enumerator was to place a symbol (a circled 'x') by the name of the person who provided the data to the enumerator. By knowing the informant, you may have some insight into how reliable a particular ancestor is at providing genealogical relevant information. No prior census captured this information.
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On this Thanksgiving Day 2011, this news article from 1940 is very interesting and still quite relevant!

Thanksgiving 1940
There are so many things the citizens of this country have to be thankful for that it hardly seems necessary to enumerate them at this Thanksgiving occasion when Europe is either under the iron rule of a dictator, at war with him, or threatened by attack.
The freedom of speech, religious worship and of the press which the Pilgrims sought in the new world have been maintained in the United States.

The average citizen will undoubtedly give more thought to his blessings on this Thanksgiving Day. He probably thinks he has plenty of troubles, but they are very small besides those facing a large percentage of the people of the world.
The Mount Vernon Hawkeye-Record and The Lisbon Herald
Mount Vernon Hawkeye, Volume LXXI, Number 5
28 Nov 1940 (Page 2)
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Yes, this is true. I was 16 in 1940 and still recall very clearly what things were like then. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Thanksgiving.
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OK, just 146 days from today, the 72 year wait will be over. Who will you look for in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census first?
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1940 U.S. Federal Census to be released on April 2, 2012!
Introduction
The 1940 Census will be made available for public inspection beginning Monday, April 2, 2012. The U.S. Census Bureau and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) have been coordinating closely for many months to prepare for and ensure access to the 1940 census schedules as quickly as possible. NARA has already announced the completion of a digitization project and their plans to place all images online for free browsing via the Internet. Although there will not be an index immediately available to search by name, a little preparation can increase your chances of finding your ancestors in the 1940 census without much trouble.
 
Start by listing those direct-line ancestors who you have found in the 1930 census and that you know were still living in 1940. While it's possible that they may still be living in the same city or state, don't rule out the fact that your ancestors may have moved. Once you have listed these individuals, consider looking for anyone in their mid-to-late teens or 20s who may have been living in the household in 1930, but may now be found as a head of their own household. Next, you'll want to repeat this same process for indirect ancestors (aunts & uncles).