The United States Census Bureau has released the 1940 records of the US Census, a genealogical treasure-trove for millions of Americans doing family history research.
The records, which were released on Monday, April 2, 2012, are available at the National Archives web site and are free to the public. This is the first time that US Census figures have been initially released digitally.
Locally, The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) in Massachusetts is working with the FamilySearch Research Project to create digital indexes of documents from 1940. And genealogy expert Michael Brophy is giving a lecture, The Irish in the 1940 Census: Chronicling the Great Depression into World War II, at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. To pre-register, contact the ICC Library Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family history researchers can also purchase from Boston Irish Tourism Association the booklet, Finding Your Irish Roots in Massachusetts, which lists a variety of national, state and local resources for discovering shipping records, birth, marriage and death vital statistics, plus cemeteries, local historical societies and more. The booklet comes with a free pen from Ordnance Survey Ireland, the government agency in charge of geographic data and maps dating back centuries. The cost of $4.95 includes postage and handling.
For ongoing information on Irish culture, history and heritage, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.