1940 Census Data Released
by: Kim Parsons, Communications Intern
On April 2nd, the 1940 manuscript census was released for the first time by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These records are different than the statistical information that Americans are familiar with that is released soon after the decennial census takes place (click here for more information on page 4 http://plonedev.uwosh.edu/library/newsletter/spring-2012-polk-library-newsletter/view). The manuscript census is much more personal and includes handwritten entries for each household.
The 1940 Census contains basic information about individuals that came before it; however, the 1940 Census also contains added questions like where the participant lived five years earlier, highest education completed, salary and a specific question for women asking if they had been previously married.
“To the average person, the 1940 Census being released doesn’t mean much, but to a genealogist it means that gaps will be filled that are missing in our research,” said University Archives Assistant, Jennifer Bumann. In addition, the Census Bureau added new questions to the 1940 forms providing even greater understanding of the times.
To learn more about the 1940 Census and its release click the link and read the article on page 5 http://plonedev.uwosh.edu/library/newsletter/spring-2012-polk-library-newsletter/view.