Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on June 5, 2012 in Collections, Website

13.5 million people lived in New York in 1940. And you can search for any one of them now by name in the just-launched 1940 U.S. Federal Census index for the Empire State on

New York was the country’s biggest state in 1940 and its census pages are filled with fascinating folks. We’ve already found a few – see links to a handful of recognizable names on our Sticky Notes blog. Plus New York joins Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine and Nevada as the states from the 1940 census that are now fully indexed and fully searchable on

While we realize New York itself housed more than 10 percent of the country’s residents in 1940, there are still likely a few of your relatives who were living somewhere else (mine, too). With that in mind, know that our next indexed states are just around the corner. So stay tuned.

Search the 1940 census now.

Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...


  1. Ann Boland

    I notice that my family members names where spelled wrong when indexed. Is there anyway to correct this?

  2. Hele Parent

    WHO did the indexing of the 1940 census? They did a terrible job at it. I have gone page by page through half the town where I grow up Northfield, Merrimack, New Hampshire. I have had to make 5 to 10 changes on each page. Some of the mistakes were very obvious. I have done some of the indexing at familysearch. They at least have two people check the indexing of everyone. Maybe you should have people do the indexing from their area.

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