April 2, 2012 marks the date when the 1940 Census records will be released to the general public! The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and has been taken every ten years since.
The U.S. government will not release personally identifiable information about an individual to any other individual or agency until 72 years after it is collected for the decennial census. This “72-Year Rule” (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978) restricts access to decennial census records to all but the individual named on the record or their legal heir.
After 72 years, the records are released to the public by the National Archives and Records Administration. In accordance with the 72-Year Rule, the National Archives released the 1930 records in April 2002. The 1940 records will be released April 2, 2012.
The Census Bureau also provides fun facts about each decade. Go back in time and check out what was happening during the 1940’s.
Links to a variety of Census information are available at the UNK Library. On the main library page, type the word “census” in the search box to get started. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.