The National Archives and Records Administration will open the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2, 2012—the first time this collection will be made available to the public. Once we receive the census, we will begin uploading census images to our site so the public can browse them. Initially, this collection will be what we call a browse-only collection. This means a person can scroll through the pages of the census districts much like you would look at a microfilm or a book. At the same time, we will be working behind the scenes to create an index of the census that will eventually allow people to search for their family members by name as they currently can with all other censuses onAncestry.com. Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on Ancestry.com.Ancestry.com has made me one of their 1940 Aces - I'll be one of the first people to get information about the upcoming release of the 1940 census on their website, as detailed above. I will be sharing that information here as I receive it, so check back soon for more news!
In the meantime, Ancestry.com has a microsite up for the 1940 census, which you can get to by clicking on my Ace badge below or in the sidebar on the right.