Searching 1940s census database without names?

Can you look up old census records?

The National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1940, and online access is available through our digitization partners (free at any National Archives facility). See our Census Resources page to search the digitized records on our partners’ websites.

What happened to the 1940 census?

The National Archives released the 1940 census to the public on April 2, 2012 after a mandatory 72-year waiting period. This website, designed and hosted by Archives.com, provides access to digital images of the census – more than 3.8 million pages.

How do I browse census records?

Publications related to the census data collected from are available at https://www.census.gov/library/publications.html. Visit the National Archives Web site to access 1940 and 1950 Census records. Decennial census records are confidential for 72 years to protect respondents’ privacy.

Can you search census by address?

How to use address search. To start using the address search tool, select ‘Search’ from the site menu and then ‘addresses’. You’ll be taken to our address search page where you can choose to search all record collections that recorded addresses, including the 1939 Register and most recently the 1921 Census.

How do I find someone in the 1940 census?

It is available for online searching free of charge at http://1940census.archives.gov or Population Schedules for the 1940 Census. In order to locate someone, it may be helpful to know his or her address and the Census enumeration district in which that address was located.

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