Update: It’s taking six months to load the Kansas page I wanted. I may be able to wait for the index after all!
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Happy 1940 Census Day! I thought I’d revisit the topic of how to find your Enumeration District (ED) for the 1940 census if you want to use the records right away, instead of waiting six months for the indexing to be complete.

If you have an idea where your ancestors were living, then you need to find the enumeration district number that was applied to their neighborhood or village. And that means it’s time to visit the indispensable Stephen P. Morse and his one-step pages.

He’s got a great set of pages up with step-by-step guidance for finding your ED number based on your ancestor living in a rural area, town, or a major city. The tutorial is here:

http://stevemorse.org/census/quiz.php

And the Unified 1940 Census ED Finder is here:

http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html

My boring Scandinavians never moved, so I should be able to find them right away. My husband’s Kansas/Oklahoma/Texas relatives will have to wait for the name index, I think.

Visit the 1940 census portal at: http://1940census.archives.gov/

Watch the opening event live webcast (April 2, 8:30 A.M. EDT).