Category «Census Tips»

Tips re working on 1940 Census on FamilySearch

Forget-Me-Not» To view other areas of the census image, click & drag rather than scroll.
» When you download a 1940 cenus image from, the filename is “record image”. Be sure to rename immediately.
» Suggest determining a naming convention such as 1940census-DoeJohn-Etowah-AL.jpg. Do not change the extension or the file becomes unreadable.

First two tips from “The Toolkit” article in Family Tree Magazine, July/August 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 5, p. 68. Forget-Me-Not, an original clip art from

Which Site Has the Best 1940 Census Images

There are four sites that are indexing the census (see prior article, “Confused? Thought the indexing of 1940 census was a cooperative project by all?“). But if all are indexing the 1940 census, why wouldn’t the images look exactly the same?

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter why they don’t but which one is the best. Fortunately for me personally the top two are the ones I use the most. What about you?