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1940 U.S. Federal Census to be released on April 2, 2012!
1940 U.S. Federal Census to be released on April 2, 2012!

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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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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!!

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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!

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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#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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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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Gerard Cote wins 1940 Boston Marathon
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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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