Don’t forget you can research online free of charge on The latest additions to their 1940 Census Index Project is as follows: 

FamilySearch is excited to announce the addition of Minnesota and Rhode Island to the list of completed and searchable states in the 1940 US Census Index Project. To date we have indexed 84.35% of the entire collection with 31 states fully indexed and available for searching  Additional states will be following soon as we complete the finishing touches of those states that are finished with their indexing and arbitration.

Below are the latest statistics for the project.

  • 119,230,695 names have been indexed and arbitrated.
  • 31 states have searchable indexes on These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
  • 3 additional states are 100% indexed and arbitrated and are in the final stage of preparation for posting.
  • 2 additional states are 90% or more indexed and arbitrated.
  • 3 additional states are 70% to 80% indexed. To see the status of each state visit the 1940 US Census state-by-state progress map on the FamilySearch website.
  • 152,861 indexers are currently signed up to index the 1940 US Census.

Several folks have asked how the big challenge of indexing 5 million names in 24 hours turned out. It was a remarkable success with more than 46,800 indexers indexing and arbitrating more than10 million names within a 24 hour period. To read the details of the event, click on this link.


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