Census Documenting Great Depression To Be Released

It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

Now, intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the U.S. government releases the 1940 census records online for the first time on April 2.

The records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet, but they won't immediately be name searchable.

For genealogists and family historians, the 1940 census release is the most important disclosure of ancestral secrets in a decade.

Scholars expect the records to help draw a more detailed portrait of a transformative decade in American life.


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  • by M Wooten on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    George Bush ruined this country not Obama, how u expect him to fix what it took Bush to run down in 8 yrs in 4? Stop hatin'! Obama rocks....trending topic
  • by Mad Max Location: Snow Hill on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    Back in those days folks were depressed because there were only 48 states and nothing on tv.
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      by obamanot on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to Mad Max
      Now there are 57 with one left to go(so amabo says) and still nothing on TV but pinnochiobama and the fictional news media catering to his every whim.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:58 AM
    Wonder why they are releasing that information now.....perhaps to prepare us for what is to come....Obama is going to ruin America,,, anyone who can't see this is either ignorant or stupid!!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to
      "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." The 1940 Census is dated April 1, 1940.
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      by A B on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM in reply to
      Chill out he only has 8 months left maybe we can survive that long
  • by Disgruntled on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:41 AM
    We have been in a depression the last three or four years now but the media tries to paint a pretty picture just to support their messiah.I don't buy any thing they say.I'm living it!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:10 AM in reply to Disgruntled
      Yeah, after reading the story you realize, we have more unemployed than we did then. Well, as the golden child says, the economy is getting better. Too bad he has not seen the price of gas...
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        by Barlow on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        STILL hasn't got as high as it went in 2008 when...
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          by obamanot on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM in reply to Barlow
          Bralow,amabo broke another record today.It is higher than it has ever been for the month of march.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
    Without comparing typical WAGES, prices alone are meaningless.
  • by Albert Location: Bath on Mar 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    Did Obama blame the 1929 Great Depression on G W Bush yet?. If gas price goes any higher remember Obama says it is all G W Bush's fault. Funny 30% of Blacks are unemployed today now thats a depression for people out of work! So what did the Obama job stimulas plan job do? Census Documenting Great Depression To Be Released? Ask the people out of work about Depression since Obama as president. G W Bush had only 5% unemployment rate fact check the US charts please for the truth.
  • by inflation on Mar 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
    When I was in high school- 1970 to 1973, you could buy a brand new VW Beetle for $1,995.
  • by Googled Location: Martin Co. on Mar 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    From 1929 through 1949 gas was 20 cents a gallon and disposable income was 400.00 to 500.00 a year.
  • by Ben Location: NC on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    What was the gas price in 1929?
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      by 1972 on Mar 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM in reply to Ben
      In the early 1970s, gas rose to 50¢ per gallon, Motel 6 cost $6 per night, A brand new Ford station wagon was under $3000....in 1978, I bought a used (7 year old) Grand Torino for $450., I worked 36 hours per week (fast food) and earned $140 after taxes.
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