Notes from the past…


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The 1940 vs 2010 U S Census: Then and now

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar 2012:

34: Questions on the 1940 Census. An additional 16 were asked of 5 percent of the population.
10: Questions on 2010 Census

132.2 million: 1940 U.S. population
308 million: 2010 U.S. population

120,000: Census enumerators in 1940
Nearly 1 million: Census field operators in 2010

5.1 million: Number of farmers in 1940
613,000: Number of farmers and ranchers in 2010

$67.5 million: Cost of the 1940 Census
$12.4 billion: Cost of the 2010 Census

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


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The 1940 U S Census: What will the form look like?

This is the form for the 1940 U S Census, its digital images to be available to us all on 2 April 1940 at 8AM (Texas Time!)

1940 U S Census (click to enlarge)

A few new questions this time around:

  • Columns 13 & 14- Education (more detail)
  • Columns 17-20- Residence in 1935 (makes this kinda like a 1935 and a 1940 census, now doesn’t it!)
  • Column 22- was your ancestor a member of FDR’s “Alphabet Soup” New Deal employment program?
  • Columns 28, 29- occupation and industry (a little more detail here)
  • Column 32- how much money did your ancestor make in 1939?

Now, move on down to the bottom of the census sheet, and there a few more questions, to be asked of the 14th and 29th person listed on each sheet. Your attention to Column 42: Did your ancestor have a SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER?

Finally, along the very bottom of each sheet, “Symbols and Explanatory Notes”, giving more info on questions asked and abbreviations used.

Only 13 more days… :)