1940 US Census to be free on Ancestry.com
admin Fri, 08/19/2011 - 00:46
I have to thank Mr. Dick Eastman for pointing this out, but it appears that Ancestry.com will be making the images and index to the 1940 US Census free for all to access. According to a statement released yesterday (17 Aug 2011) on their "Corporate Blog" (which you can find here) Ancestry.com States: "Ancestry.com is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery."
For me this is big news, as I have dropped my Ancestry.com membership and had talked (here) about joining again for the 1940 census records. Looks like I may not have to do that.
Ancestry's press release states that the 1940 US Census records will represent more than 3.8 million original document images and will have 130 million plus records will be available to search. You will be able to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state. They state that it will be Ancestry.com’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date.
Thats a pretty big deal.