Easy ways to learn more about your ancestors

Do you want to connect with your ancestors? The census has been taken every 10 years since 1790.  Odds are you can find your family in the 1940 census and it tells you so

1940 Census Record

much! You’ll learn your family’s street address (which you can then google and see if it’s still there). Whether the home was owned or rented and the value of home or cost of rent per month. The highest grade of school completed and current occupation, as well as their income in 1939. And much more!

You don’t need a paid subscription to find and view these records. The National Archives has a search
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not a lot of help if you don’t know it. FamilySearch allows you to search
by name. You will need to create a free account (this is a totally free account and there are no ads or “premium” pitches). Let me walk you through the process – give it a try!Screen Shot 2018-09-15 at 3.33.59 PM

Visit https://www.familysearch.org. Click on “Search” > “Records.”

Then type in the information you know.  Be sure to give a generous birth date range as the census taker asked the persons age at the time of the visit.  After clicking “Search” at the bottom of the page, you’ll be asked to sign in.

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Create a “Free Account” or “Sign In.” The search results then will come up.  Click on the camera on the far right side of the record to see the image of the record.

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An image of the actual record will then be shown.  The controls to the left of the picture allow you to zoom in.  Be sure to see the explanations of each column at the top of the page.

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