Another Infographic About the Release of the 1940 Census

If you’re interested in statistics about the public launch of the 1940 United States Federal Census, or you’re just a data nerd in general, you’ll find this infographic released by to be an interesting glimpse behind the scenes. The first digital release of the census was clearly a massive undertaking, with wide-spread public appeal.1940 census

1940 Census Launch

The April 2nd launch of the 1940 United States Federal Census generated a great deal of excitement among genealogists, history buffs, and the merely curious alike. And while I didn’t queue up outside of the Seattle regional branch of the National Archives (ahem) like some, I did sit down with my laptop at 7:30 a.m. PDT, roughly 90 minutes after the census was officially made available to the public at large. This was my first look at ED 40-31 for Shoshone Co., Idaho.

Later that same evening, after the East Coasters should have been tucked into bed, my view still hadn’t changed. Fortunately, the technical issues were resolved when I checked back 24 hours later. So far, I’ve found the site to be relatively easy to navigate, although buttons to minimize and maximize the census image would be a nice addition. You can use the CTRL key plus the plus sign (Ctrl++) on your keyboard to maximize, or the CTRL key plus the minus sign (Ctrl +-) to minimize, but this will increase/decrease the size of your entire browser window. I find that to be a small inconvenience for FREE access to all 1940 census images.

Visit the official website of the 1940 census at 1940 Census Infographic: How to Find Your Family has partnered with the National Archives to create and host the official website of the 1940 census at See the infographic below to discover the four steps to use to find your family in the 1940 census.1940 census