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  • Kemis Massey
    from another list. . . kemis ... On Behalf Of Donna Heller Zinn Hello Fellow Listers: The following e-mail just came through the Washington County, Maryland
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      from another list. . . kemis

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      On Behalf Of Donna Heller Zinn


      Hello Fellow Listers:

      The following e-mail just came through the Washington County, Maryland List
      and I thought it was most interesting!!!! Can't wait!

      Donna
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      Subject: FYI: National Archives press release: free website for 1940 census
      to be released 2 Apr. 2012: www.1940census.archives.gov

      Source: http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-70.html

      Press Release
      February 21, 2012
      National Archives Announces Website for Free 1940 Census Release
      Online on April 2, 2012: 1940census.archives.gov

      Tomorrow Starts the Countdown of ’40 Days to the ’40 Census’

      Washington, DC…Today the National Archives, with its partner
      Archives.com, launched its new website www.1940census.archives.gov in
      preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release, which will
      take place on April 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (EST). The public is encouraged
      to bookmark the website now in order to more quickly access the 1940
      census data when it goes live. No other website will host the 1940
      census data on its April 2 release date.

      The National Archives has teamed up with the U.S. Census Bureau to
      celebrate “40 Days to the ’40 Census.” Using social media channels to
      post videos, images, facts, and links to workshops nationwide, the
      National Archives is getting its researchers ready for the online
      launch on April 2. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (using hashtag
      #1940Census), Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, and subscribe to our
      blogs: NARAtions and Prologue: Pieces of History.

      On April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse, and download
      the 1940 census schedules, free of charge, from their own computers or
      from the public computers at National Archives locations nationwide
      through the new 1940 census website: www.1940census.archives.gov.

      A National Archives 3:13 minute video short on its YouTube channel
      (http://tiny.cc/1940Census) and on www.1940census.archives.gov
      provides a “behind-the-scenes” view of staff preparations and gives
      viewers tips on how to access the data once it is launched on April 2.
      This video is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright
      restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution
      of it.

      Background on the 1940 Census

      While the original intent of the census was to determine how many
      representatives each state was entitled to send to the U.S. Congress,
      it has become a vital tool for Federal agencies in determining
      allocation of Federal funds and resources. The census is also a key
      research tool for sociologists, demographers, historians, political
      scientists and genealogists. Many of the questions on the 1940 census
      are the standard ones: name, age, gender, and race, education, and
      place of birth. But the 1940 census also asks many new questions, some
      reflecting concerns of the Great Depression. The instructions ask the
      enumerator to enter a circled x after the name of the person
      furnishing the information about the family; whether the person worked
      for the CCC, WPA, or NYA the week of March 24–30, 1940; and income for
      the 12 months ending December 31, 1939. The 1940 census also has a
      supplemental schedule for two names on each page. The supplemental
      schedule asks the place of birth of the person's father and mother;
      the person's usual occupation, not just what they were doing the week
      of March 24–30, 1940; and for all women who are or have been married,
      has this woman been married more than once and age at first marriage.

      For the release of the 1940 census online, the National Archives has
      digitized the entire census, creating more than 3.8 million digital
      images of census schedules, maps, and enumeration district
      descriptions.
      About the National Archives

      The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent
      Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that
      trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people.
      >From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary
      Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the
      lives of millions of people. The National Archives is a public trust
      upon which our democracy depends, ensuring access to essential
      evidence that protects the rights of American citizens, documents the
      actions of the government, and reveals the evolving national
      experience.
      About Archives.com

      Archives.com is a family history website, owned and operated by
      Inflection a data commerce company headquartered in the heart of
      Silicon Valley. Inflection was chosen by the National Archives to host
      the 1940 census website. Learn more at www.archives.com/1940census.
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