Day 1 of the 1940 Census

After all of the hype (at least to genealogists), the 1940 census is here … except it isn’t. The National Archives web site won’t load or operate correctly because of server load. Ancestry.com, which I pay for, has only a few states loaded, and none that I care about, so it’s a bust, too. FamilySearch.com, which is free, also has only a few states.

The good news is that if your family was in Virginia, both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.com have images loaded. Ancestry.com is a bit slow, but it is running.

I wonder which will be first? Will the National Archives get their site up and running properly first or will Ancestry.com get all of the states loaded first. In other words, who wants to bet on profit motive versus government bureaucracy? And remember, the government had a head start of, oh, seventy-two years. Hmmm.

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