FamilySearch Has Completed Indexing The 1940 Census; 13 States Are Awaiting Finalization Before Being Open To Surname Searching; All Data Should Be Surname Searchable Within A Few Weeks

Hi Everyone!

I just took another look at FamilySearch and the 1940 Census data.

There is a big CONGRATULATIONS posted at the site indicating that the indexing part of the project is complete.  However, you cannot Surname search the data completely as of yet.  There are 13 states that are indicated as still being finalized for Surname searching.  You can look at all of the 1940 Census images for all of the states but they are finalizing 13 states before surname searching capability will be completed for all the states.

Here are the 13 states at FamilySearch for which you cannot yet search by Surname:

  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

All of the above should be able to be searched by surname within a couple of weeks.

Keep checking back at FamilySearch as each of the remaining 13 states will be finalized over the next two weeks.  You can visit the site and keep yourself up to date on the status at:

1940 Census Indexing Project At FamilySearch

If you have ancestors in the other searchable states then by all means have at it!!

For many of us the wait will still last just a wee bit longer before we can have at it into the states listed above via FamilySearch.

When you access FamilySearch for the 1940 Census data, you do not have to sign in to create an account in order to search.  The data is free from the get go to whoever accesses the material, so far many of you the wait is not a problem.

It does seem remarkable that such an incredible number of records has been indexed in such a short time.  Congratulations to all of the indexers that helped make this fete possible.  Congratulations to all of the arbitrators that helped make this fete possible.  Congratulations to FamilySearch on a job well done!

Enjoy searching the 1940 Census at FamilySearch for the 37 states that are fully Surname searchable.  Here is wishing all of you the best of luck in discovering your 1940 ancestors.  You may wind up with more questions than answers as I have!  But then again it is the thrill of the hunt.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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