Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The 1940 Census and the Greatest Generation

 Genealogist and author, Stephen Szabados presents his popular program on Sunday, Apr. 29, 2-3:30 pm at the Niles Public Library. The newly released 1940 census affords a closer look at the Greatest Generation who survived the Great Depression, won World War II, and laid the basis for America's prosperity.

The 1940 U.S. Census provides such unique information as where people lived 5 years before, highest educational grade achieved and detailed income and occupation. This census also included questions about  participation in the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Works Progress Administration (WPA), and National Youth Administration (NYA) programs.
Until the 1940 census is indexed by name, one needs an idea of where people lived in 1940 to determine the Enumeration District. Steve will explain how to use a number of sites to browse the images of the ED to find the entries for one’s relatives.
The Niles Library subscribes to the popular Library Edition database for use in the library. Patrons can research their ancestors using this valuable resource from any of the library’s public computers. Ancestry does provide access to the 1940 census.

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