At the end of the Great Depression and before the nation's involvement in World War II, the federal government counted all Americans. Census takers encountered 3.8 million Missourians, 1.8 million Kansans, and about 400,000 inhabitants of Kansas City, Missouri.
Their work provides today's researchers with a valuable resource, as the National Archives' Lori Cox-Paul reveals in Finding Your Family in the 1940 U.S. Census on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This year the National Archives and Records Administration opened the 1940 U.S. Census to great fanfare and national interest. Cox-Paul demonstrates how to navigate the 1940 Census to successfully search for your ancestors, using some notable area residents as her examples.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.