Today, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) tweeted that Elvis Presley, who was born in 1935, can be found in the 1940 census.
That only got me all shook up again for next year’s big reveal, the release of the 1940 census on April 2. The NARA website features a helpful counter to track the release date, and census research tips.
Studying an old census is like looking at a snapshot of a family unit at a certain moment in time. And that annoying 72-year privacy law regarding the public inspection of personal census data requires patience, especially for a researcher with nothing but good, genealogical intentions.
Think about it: The family historian will have to wait until 2082 to catch you listed on the 2010 census, which is only 18 years away from the year 2100.
Since 1790, every census has offered different information over the decades. The 1940 census is no different. I am most looking forward to the responses to questions about a person’s income, residence in 1935, highest grade of school completed, and Social Security.