With the 1940 U.S. census completed on Ancestry.com, you can search through all 134 million people in the census.  Now that this is done, Ancestry is working behind the scenes to make it even better and this includes the input from users of the mammoth database.

In a huge effort to make the 1940 U.S. Census Index more accurate Ancestry  is asking users to help with accuracy and more details by adding fields which includes occupation, income, grade completed, the value of a home or monthly rent, etc.

Here’s the short list on how you can help:

  • Reporting a problem with the image itself
  • Why it matters
  • What to do when you can’t find your family member in the indexed 1940 U.S. Census

For detailed information on what Ancestry is planning to accomplish and instructions on how to make changes in the database as an end user from the index page or while viewing the actual census image click on How Can I Improve the 1940 Census

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