A couple of days ago I submitted information to be considered for the ancestry.com 1940 Aces program. As an Ancestry.com Ace, I will be the first to receive information about our site and our content in the coming weeks. And I will be sharing it with you here.
Basic information that I have been asked to share is -
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 on Ancestry.com. Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on Ancestry.com.
I will have access to experiment with the enumeration district maps for 1940 that were just posted on Ancestry.com and will let you know what I discover.