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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1940 Census finally viewable

I was able to access the 1940 Census this morning.  For now, these records are available only by searching Enumeration District.  That means that you cannot search via surname yet.

Go to 1940 Census homepage (or directly to NARA) and follow the prompts to enter the state, town, and possibly section of town that your ancestor lived in.  You will be given a number such as ED-57, which should be a link.  Follow that link to the appropriate Census.  You will then have to scroll through the records to locate your person.

My first search was easy.  Stonington, Maine on the island of Deer Isle, is a relatively small community and it took me only about 3 minutes of browsing pages to find my ancestor.  So much information is available on that census, though.  It gives a much more detailed picture of each person, and therefore, the whole community.  And the good news is - I broke through a major brick wall with the new information.

The Old Burying Ground, Pepperell Road, Kittery Point

On another note:  Exploring cemeteries in Kittery and Kittery Point, while doing some research at York Public Library....pristine and lovely.

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