The National Archives released 1940 Census records today. A name index does not yet exist, but Ancestry.com and FamilySearch plan to index the census. Visit the National Archives Start Your 1940 Census Research page for helpful search tips.
The U.S. Census is organized by enumeration district (ED), an area that can be canvassed by one enumerator (census taker). Enumeration district maps show their boundaries. If you have 1940 addresses for your family members, you can search for the census enumeration districts they lived at that time at Steve Morse's useful 1940 Census ED Finder.
If you only have names of people you are trying to find in the 1940 Census, city directories and telephone books for Milwaukee and some suburban directories from that era are available in the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room, (414) 286-3061, at the Central Library.
A Humanities librarian offers a brief introduction to library genealogy resources. This free Researching Your Family Tree class meets at 2:30 p.m., every third Monday of the month in the Central Library Krikelas Room, 2nd Floor. The next program will be on April 16th, 2012.
Submitted by Van Lingle Mungo