If you had family living in the US in 1940 – where were they living??  Every 10 years the US collects census information.  Seventy-two years later these census forms are released to the public.  April 2, 2012 is the event of the decade for genealogists – the 1940 census will be available on a variety of websites and on computers at the various offices of the National Archives.

What can you expect to find in the census?  For the most part, it will be the same sorts of things that you are probably familiar with from previous census years.  However, there are several new and interesting questions for 1940.  In addition, there are several anomalies in the 1940 census that were not present in previous census years.  You’ll need to know about them so that you don’t get confused when searching in the census.

IGRA has arranged for Steve Morse, the creator of the One-Step Website, to guide us in our preparation to research the 1940 census.  When first released there will be no name index to search.  Steve will be lecturing to us from San Francisco via webinar at two locations in Israel – the AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Talpiot, Jerusalem and Mercaz Shazar in Givatayim, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 19:00-21:00. (Guests 20 NIS, AACI members at Jerusalem meeting 15 NIS, IGRA members free of charge) Lecture in English.

Prepare your questions in advance for the Question & Answer segment of the lecture.  If you are in Israel, we hope to see you either in Jerusalem or Givatayim.  This is an opportunity not to be missed!