Tuesday, November 17, 2009

1940 Census

The official release date for the 1940 U.S. Census is April 2, 2012.

This 16th decennial U.S. Census had a distinct focus on labor and economic issues. Beyond the usual questions we have come to expect in the census schedules are some very interesting new ones which in part give a glimpse into our ancestors’ lives as they lived through the Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

In addition, this census askedfor their 1935 residence, 1939 personal income, and specific military service. Also interesting is that the individual providing the census information is so noted.

(From News From the Northwest, v.30 no.2)

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