Census Data from 1940 Generates Excitement

by Matt Ball on March 20, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release details from the 1940 Census, including details on the impacts of the Great Depression. The data will be released on April 2, with much anticipation from researchers who look to mine this data for the Depression’s impact on daily life, as well as personal genealogy.

The 1940 Census has now passed the 72 years of privacy protections, and will be the first to be made available via the Internet directly, rather than on microfilm. Some details are available now via the 1940 Census site, including what questions were asked, instructions for enumerators, and geographic descriptions as well as enumeration district maps.

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