1940 Census Online!!

No April Fool’s Joke: 1940 Census

     IT’S HERE!!!

It’s here. It’s here. It’s here.

No, I’m not excited or anything. Not me…

Now… having said that it’s here… let me add that it’s buggy as all get out for the launch. The system is set up with a certain number of “seats” in the online queue, and with a structure that gears up if more users log in. Well, I can assure you, it wasn’t geared up for as many of us as were standing by this morning! The influx at and just before 9 a.m. didn’t crash the system… but that’s about all that can be said for it.

Here are my Texas grandparents in Midland County, and look at the blasted supplemental question!! Who got snagged? My then one-year-old Uncle Michael! Sigh…

1940 Midland County TX census -- and my grandparents!

Definitely cool stuff…

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6 Responses to 1940 Census Online!!

  1. Sara Gredler says:

    Just found my first relative too – though I had to go through the images at Ancestry.com to get anything to come up.

    YAY!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Good for you, Sara! None of my family’s states are up at Ancestry yet so I’m stuck in the NARA queue for any more finds!

  2. Betsy Miller says:

    Just before 5 p.m. EST, the National Archives announced “1940 Census Update: Since 9 a.m., we’ve had 37 million hits to the 1940 Census site.”

    I think they’ve done WELL not having the site crash entirely!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      WOW!!! That’s an absolutely amazing number of hits! And that doesn’t count those who started out trying other sites like Ancestry and FamilySearch!

  3. Brenda says:

    Here in Canada we can but envy all you census-crazed genea-buddies! :) We’re decades behind!

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