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Friday, April 6, 2012

Where are all the images?

The 1940 U.S. was released about four full days ago, now moving into five. If you want to see images, where can you go to see them?

Of course, you can start out with the U.S. National Archives. The National Archives site is being "hosted" by Here is what the official statement has to say,
About this Site
1940 census is an official web site of the U.S. government, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration in partnership with
Now who or what is It is a subscription website that claims to have more than 2 billion records. But who are they? is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. It is apparently owned by Inflection LLC. (See Inflection is described as "a data and e-commerce company headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. The company owns and operates and, emerging leaders in the family history and people search markets." lists a number of partners, they include: apparently has two divisions, the one called is directed at family history. The other division is called peoplesmart and is what I call a skip-trace company, one that has a database of records to find living individuals. 

OK, enough about for now. They apparently negotiated a deal with the National Archives to host the official website and partnered with FamilySearch. Of course, they have the entire 1940 U.S. Census online at

Just a side note. is the National Archives website. is the host site for the 1940 U.S. Census, but is a private company. Neither of them is (notice no "s") which has a complete copy of the U.S. Census minus the new 1940 version.

Next is It is difficult to determine if has a complete copy of the 1940 U.S. Census only certain states are available to be searched. As of 6 April, 2012, most of the states were still showing that records were unavailable. It appears that FamilySearch is releasing records as they are indexed. announces that all of the 1940 U.S. Census images are available.  Although you can search the Census by county, populated place and enumeration district, only two states have been indexed by name. has the entire 1940 U.S. Census images available for free.

So at the time of the writing of this post, 6 April 2012, it looks like to me the complete U.S. Census is on only two websites. Anyone know if this is correct? Any other sites?

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