After August 12, 2022 this website will be taken offline. Images of the 1940 Census records will continue to be available through the National Archives Catalog. For more information, please visit our 1940 Census FAQs page.

Welcome to the 1940 census

The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.

Please visit Getting Started to determine the best way to begin your search.

How It Works

  • Find census maps and descriptions to locate an enumeration district.
    To find a person in the census, you first need to determine the appropriate enumeration district number. This can be found by searching census district maps and descriptions.
  • Browse census images to locate a person in the 1940 census.
    Census images are organized by enumeration district number. Once you've located the correct one, you can begin to browse census images to look for your ancestor.
  • Save, share, and download images to save your work and share with family members.
    When you locate a census image, you can easily save, share, or download the image for future reference. This image can be a great keepsake, or addition to your family tree!