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April 3, 2012

Searching the 1940 U.S. Census - Who Has What

Lots has been happening since the 1940 U.S. Census went live yesterday morning. As most of you know, it's not indexed yet so you have to search by location. The good news is that the census is free to search

And there have been problems. NARA's site went down within the first few hours of use. Over 22 million hits in 3 hours tends to do that to servers! They've now had over 37 million hits since 9:00 a.m. yesterday. Wow.

Other sites uploading the census images also had problems which they are working to correct. But let's talk about what sites have census images online.

NARA has all states uploaded and they also have an E.D. finder to help you narrow your search. If you use Steve Morse's One Step Unified 1940 Census ED Finder you will be provided with an automatic link to the correct images on NARA. I've been using Steve's site and so far have only had to search through less than 30 images in each group. has this chart online which is updated frequently
 State  Image Status 
 Alabama   Coming Soon!* 
 American Samoa  Completed 4/2/2012 
 California  In Process* 
 Colorado  Coming Soon!* 
 Delaware  Completed 4/2/2012 
 District of Columbia  Completed 4/2/2012 
 Georgia  Coming Soon!* 
 Guam  Completed 4/2/2012 
 Indiana  Completed 4/2/2012 
 Kansas  Coming Soon!* 
 Kentucky  Coming Soon!* 
 Maine  Completed 4/2/2012 
 Nebraska  Coming Soon!* 
 Nevada  Completed 4/2/2012 
 New Hampshire    
 New Jersey    
 New Mexico    
 New York  In Process* 
 North Carolina  Coming Soon!* 
 North Dakota    
 Ohio  In Process* 
 Oregon  Coming Soon!* 
 Panama Canal Zone  Completed 4/2/2012 
 Pennsylvania  In Process* 
 Puerto Rico    
 Rhode Island  Completed 4/2/2012 
 South Carolina    
 South Dakota    
 Tennessee  In Process* 
 Texas  In Process* 
 Vermont  Coming Soon!* 
 Virgin Islands  Completed 4/2/2012 
 Virginia  In Process* 
 Washington  In Process* 
 West Virginia    
*Imaging status was updated at 9:20 am MDT, 03 Apr 2012  had the following states online as of 2 p.m. EDT: Alabama | Colorado | Delaware | Florida | Kansas | Oregon | Virginia

MyHeritage has images and their blog states that the following States are ready for searching: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Missouri Wyoming and Rhode Island.

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