Sunday, April 8, 2012

1940 Census - available after 72 years.

The 1940 census was released on April 2, 2012 following its 72 years in the closet. The initial product was the images of each of the pages. Indexing to follow.

The ancestry.com images for Nebraska were available on Thursday evening, the 4th. There are 38 pages of 40 names each for the city of Sutton (Sutton township portion). We'll be putting information from the census on the blog later.

Two things that stood out on the first look were associated with NYA projects. That was the National Youth Administration that was part of the WPA and operated from 1935 until 1943. The two projects that Sutton people listed as employment were "Book Repair" and "Sewing Project." One woman listed herself as a "clerk and time-keeper" for the sewing project. That needs more research before our imaginations run wild.

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