Wednesday, August 29, 2012 U.S. Census Records FREE Until 3 September

I received an email from Matt Deighton of today telling me:

We are still excited about the 1940 US Census here at As you all know, the 1940 Census is available for free on through 2013, but we wanted to share our excitement even more. We will be opening up 25 more databases from today through September 3rd to allow everyone access to Ancestry’s 713 million U.S. Federal Census Records. Below you’ll see a list of the 25 databases that are now searchable for free at

·        1790-1940 United States Federal Census collections
·        1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules
·        1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules
·        1890 Veterans Schedules
·        Non-Population Schedules 1850-1880
·        U.S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940
·        U.S. Federal Census – 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes
·        U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
·        U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
·        U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940

Part of our celebration includes what we are calling The Time Machine. This interactive experience allows you to see what a typical day would be like back in 1940. You can customize the experience by inputting a few of your interests, and it will create a video of what you may have experienced back in 1940. You can then share that video with your friends and family. Show your love of family history by sharing a video you created at

Matt attached this graphic to the email:

You can read, and save, a PDF file on "Follow your family on census records" at  This is an excellent summary showing what you can find in the census years from 1940 back to 1790.

I am passing this information to my genealogy society colleagues - I encourage others to do the same!

Thank you, Matt and, for your work indexing the 1940 U.s. census in less than four months, and for providing this window of FREE access to all U.S. Census records.

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

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