1940 Census Community Project

About the 1940 Census Community Project

**UPDATE**  As of August 5, 2012, this project was completed and ALL the 1940 census images have been indexed.  Visit the SCHS archive to use Ancestry.com.

On April 2, 2012, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census were released for the first time by the National Archives. Unlike previous census years, images of this census will be made available as free digital images.

Upon its release, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between Archives.com, FamilySearch, findmypast.com, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access.

Interest in the 1940 U.S. Census is both significant and sentimental because it documents what is often referred to as “The Greatest Generation” of U.S. citizens. As a group, these are individuals who:

•          Survived the Great Depression

•          Fought in the Second World War

•          Innovated technology (TV, Microwave)

There are many people still alive today who will be able to find themselves in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Others will be able to readily connect with relatives they knew personally or through family stories. Imagine the great resource this will be to current and future society members!

We are excited to announce that our society has joined the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to help index the 1940 U.S. Federal Census for our region!  Indexing records from our state, we will be an essential part of this monumental grass-roots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online, complete and free of charge forever.  

Go to www.the1940census.com/society and register to participate with our society.  Simply select our group, Stevens County Historical Society MN,  on the profile screen when creating your account. You will need to download the indexing software onto your computer in order to participate in the project, but if you have an internet connection you can index anytime of the day or night.  Every new person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today!  The status of the Minnesota project is now at