Dear Commons Community,
On Tuesday, the National Archives launched its new website www.1940census.archives.gov in preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release. Visitors will be able to search, browse, and download the 1940 census schedules, free of charge. A National Archives 3:13 minute video short l is available on the site above to help you in searching for individuals.
After two tries, I was able to locate the actual census form used for my parents and grandparents. Here is a tip for searching: the forms are kept by house and street address within “enumerator code” order. For New York City, an enumerator code reduces to a square block. So for instance if you were looking for an address on the south side of 36th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, you would need to locate the enumerator code used for the west side of Madison Avenue, the south side of 36th Street, the east side of 5th Avenue and the north side of 35th Street. There is menu of choices for all of the above which will help you in your search.
It was fun looking up family from the period. Above is a partial image for the form used for my parents.