Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 31, 2012 in Collections, Website

Summer is winding down, but things are still pretty hot around here. With the completion of the 1940 census index we now have more than 713 million U.S. Federal Census records online and fully searchable from 1790 through 1940. To celebrate this unprecedented access to all publicly available censuses, has cooked up some pretty great things for the end of summer.

Search all U.S. Censuses free

From August 29th through September 3rd, is opening all of its U.S. census records – FREE. Share this info with all your family, friends and followers; you can point them to to learn more and start searching.

Take a trip back in time

Go beyond searching your family’s true story in the census records and see what your own life could have been like as an adult in 1940 with the Time Machine. Our interactive, time-travel experience requires just a handful of information provided by you. And in return, you get a custom video featuring YOU in 1940. While it’s not genealogy, it is high-tech fun. Create your own video and share it with your followers. And encourage them to create their own at




  1. There are also many compelling records and images within WWII Photos, the Interactive USS Arizona Memorial, WWII Hero Pages, and Holocaust Records. Pair the people you find in the 1940 Census to their service in World War II through documents, pages, and photos in Fold3’s World War II Collection .

  2. bob

    “Take a trip back in time in the Time Machine
    If you’ve ever wondered what your life could have been like 72 years ago, travel back and see the Time Machine.”

    I think the people at could spend there time doing some thing more useful to the site than this!

  3. Diane Pezzimenti

    I really think you should redo the Take a trip back in Time function. There is no way a married woman with children in 1940 would go down to a job and come back to have her husband call the babysitter so they could go out. No way! That would not have even happened in the 1960s. The memory of the struggles women had to enter the workplace are fading. You are adding to it. My grandmother worked outside the home in 1940. It was not common and it was not easy.

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