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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: April 2, 2012

The State Library of North Carolina is celebrating the first release of 1940 census data with a free program that mixes history and entertainment from 11 a.m-1 p.m., Monday, April 2, in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy period music, a toy and clothing display from the N.C. Museum of History, films and a presentation by Kelly Karres of the U.S. Census Bureau in the Genealogical Services Research Room in the Department of Cultural Resources building, located at 109 East Jones St., in downtown Raleigh.

"The 1940 Census release is the most significant record to be made available to genealogists since 2002 with the release of the 1930 Census," said State Librarian Caroline (Cal) Shepard. "This Census is an economic snapshot of the Great Depression, and a fascinating look at the United States on the eve of World War II."

The program will be hosted by the Government and Heritage Library, part of the State Library, within the Department of Cultural Resources. The 1940 census was the only time that the census was conducted during the four term presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. For more information, visit this link.


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