The 1940 Federal Census has been digitized and will soon be available to the public. The date set for public access is 2 April 2012. Well known research sites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org will most likely have the census available on that very day. However, another free resource, sometimes overlooked, will make the census available to researchers. The National Archives has created a site just for the 1940 census. The site will official open on April 2. In the meantime, the site’s homepage offers a brief video about the census and the digitization process.

To read more about the 1940 census, including questions asked of all household and other special questions asked, click to read “Research Guide to the 1940 US Census” on About.com.