After the mandatory 72-year waiting period, the U.S. Census Bureau has released its full collection of documents online. The format is not yet “search friendly,” but if you can discover information if you know the street address.
For even more fun, you can locate your downtown location on the 2002 National Historic Landmark survey.
For surrounding towns (Hanover, Dupont, Kent, etc.) simply browse for all the listings from Jefferson County, Ind.
Census records are the only records that describe the entire population of the United States on a particular day. The 1940 census is no different. The answers given to the census takers tell us, in detail, what the United States looked like on April 1, 1940, and what issues were most relevant to Americans after a decade of economic depression.
The 1940 census reflects economic tumult of the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal recovery program of the 1930s. Between 1930 and 1940, the population of the Continental United States increased 7.2% to 131,669,275. The territories of Alaska, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and the American Virgin Islands comprised 2,477,023 people.
Besides name, age, relationship, and occupation, the 1940 census included questions about internal migration; employment status; participation in the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Works Progress Administration (WPA), and National Youth Administration (NYA) programs; and years of education.