1940 United States Federal Census – MyHeritage Free Collection for June 11, 2020

As I mentioned on June 1, 2020 – Each Day of June, a Different Record Collection Will Be Free! – MyHeritage May 31, 2020, MyHeritage is offering a different free collection every day this month. Today’s free collection – 1940 United States Federal Census: https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10053/1940-united-states-federal-census. Tomorrow’s free collections are Massachusetts Newspapers, 1704-1974 and
Florida Newspapers, 1901-2009.

If they show images, you can save the images to your computer. I usually do the saves as PDFs.

1940 United States Federal Census

134,437,293 records
MyHeritage is proud to bring you the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.
The 1940 Census included all 132,164,569 residents of the United States at that time, and the armed forces serving overseas, born on or before April 1, 1940. It is the largest, most comprehensive, and most recent US census record set available. It includes information on names, ages, locations, households, relations, gender, race, education, places of birth, and other facts unique to the 1940 Census including residence in 1935, detailed income and occupation and supplemental questions for 2 people on each form




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9 Responses to 1940 United States Federal Census – MyHeritage Free Collection for June 11, 2020

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Seems each data more data is out!

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    • The next census, 1950, will become available in April 2022. It will take a few months before volunteers will make it usable. I always use several versions on the off-chance someone mistranscribed a name. My great-grandmother was mistranscribed on Ancestry, but I found her on FamilySearch correctly transcribed. I made a note on her Ancestry entry showing the correct spelling of her last name.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        Wow never thought much about error happening

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      • Usually transcription errors, but census takers could rely on neighbors and get misinformation from them. Some individuals who gave details lied about ages or simply didn’t know how old people were.

        Another issue for a long time was divorce was something not discussed so a person would say widowed instead of divorced.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        Very interesting and insightful points you made

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      • I worked the 2000 Census, but chose to work in the office. That was the year where 1/6 households got the long form. A 30-page booklet that asked way too much information. I could have made more money, over $2/hour doing door to door, but after hearing the stories from those who did, I stayed at the office.

        The instructions were enumerators to use pencils and print everything. It was rare we had them print. Most did cursive.

        I thought about doing the 2020 census, but it was too far out for me to ride my bike. Plus, shortly after it started, COVID-19 popped up.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        What were the stories of those going door to door? Was there a lot of harassments?

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      • For 2000, 1 in 6 households got a long form booklet; on the Census website, it shows 40 pages: https://www.census.gov/dmd/www/pdf/d02p.pdf. It asked things like how many rooms in your place, what is the primary source of heating, etc.

        As a census taker, you couldn’t offer the person who got the long form the option of filing out the short form. A lot of people refused to fill out the long form. The short form was only two pages, front and back so 4 pages total.

        In terms of people being upset by the long form, it wasn’t worth the extra money for me to go out.

        The information is private for 72 years. The IRS used to be the same way. If you reported illegal money on your taxes, they couldn’t use it against you. That changed a while back. Now, they can use it against you.

        I see something similar happening with the Census. At some point, a census worker will have to report seeing criminal activity during knocking on doors. Under current Census law, that’s not allowed. Imagine you are a mandatory reporter of abuse in your job, but you hire on the Census in 2030. Under the existing law, you cannot report what criminal activity you saw while door knocking as a Census employee.

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