North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

N.C. State Library Celebrates1940 Census Release With Special Events April 2

A free public program -- including 1940 period music and displays of clothing and toys -- will explore the use of U.S. Census data for genealogists and researchers.


Raleigh, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/28/2012 -- On Monday, April 2, the State Library of North Carolina will highlight the first-ever release of pivotal 1940 census data with period music, a 1940 current event quiz, a toy and clothing display from the N.C. Museum of History, films and a presentation by Kelly Karres of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The free program, which begins at 11 a.m., will be held in the Genealogical Services Research Room in the Department of Cultural Resources building, 109 East Jones St., in downtown Raleigh.

“The 1940 Census release is the most significant record to be made available to genealogists since 2002 with the release of the 1930 Census,” said State Librarian Caroline (Cal) Shepard. “This Census is an economic snapshot of the Great Depression and a fascinating look at the United States on the eve of World War II.”

The program will be hosted by the Government and Heritage Library, part of the State Library within the Department of Cultural Resources. Karres is a Data Dissemination Specialist, in the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. Her presentation will examine the availability and usability of Census data, which can help genealogists and researchers connect with family and local history. For more information go to the blog of the Government and Heritage Library,

The census conducted in 1940 marks the only time that the census was conducted during the four term presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Data about individuals is not publicly available for 72 years after collection.

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