At last, the 1940 Census will be available for free online on Tuesday, April 2, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website. Shortly after appearing on the NARA site, the 1940 census will be available at,, and The indexing process will begin immediately, but it will be months before the entire 1940 census index is completed. While you are waiting for the name indices, you will need to search page by page for your ancestors, so The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, is offering "Introduction to the 1940 Census" to provide information on narrowing your search. Sessions are available on Wednesday, March 28, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms B &C; Monday, April 2, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B; and Saturday, April 7, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B. For more information, please see the brochure at Please register for either of these classes by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.