Did you know that the digital images from the1940 census were recently released to the public?
These census images are available on Archives.com, FindMyPast.com, National Archives, ProQuest, and FamilySearch.org. Visit FamilySearch.org to utilize a simple search feature to find people you know.
I recently re-connected my mother, 85 years old, to her life in in 1940. At that time, Norma was only 13 years old. She lived in a little western town of less than 300 people. As Norma studied the 1940 census she found her name and the names of those who lived on her street. She was delighted to re-connect to her past and share experiences she hadn't thought about for years. She told stories of having no running water at her home - her family didn't even have a water well on their property. Norma fondly remembered a kind Swedish family who lived across the street who gladly shared their water. Each Sunday evening, Norma and her siblings would load up their large water containers and head across the street to fill the containers with water for the next week.
If your parents, or other relatives are still living, take a few minutes and help them reconnect to their past. Who knows what treasured memories you'll discover!
Take a few minutes and help your senior friends take a walk down memory lane. 1940 would be a nice place to start!