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The Road to the 1940 Census: In search of your family history - FULL


March 24, 2012



We cannot accept any new reservations as the event is FULL.  Thank you.


NOTE:  This event will now be in the Bartos Forum on the ground floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.  Please enter on 42nd Street starting at 9:30 am.

On April 2, 2012, the National Archives will release the 1940 Census online. Census records are the essential building blocks for family history research. This full day program, taking place just prior to the release, will prepare you to get the most from this vast free digital database.  Arnold Jackson,  Associate Director for Decennial Census at the U.S. Census Bureau., introduces the program along with other national experts on the subject.

Presented by the New York Public Library, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.  Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.

Speakers include:
Arnold Jackson, Associate Director for Decennial Census at the U.S. Census Bureau, provides executive leadership for 2010 decennial census and related programs, and is principal adviser to the executive staff, providing overall direction, planning and coordination for all decennial census operations. He provides an overview of the role and history of the Census Bureau.
Constance Potter is without question the nation’s leading authority on the 1940 Federal Census. The Senior Genealogy Specialist at the Research Support Branch of NARA in Washington, DC, she focuses on federal records of interest to genealogists. Her reputation as the subject’s expert and her delightful lecture style is widely known.
Suzanne Wasserman, a historian and award-winning filmmaker, is Director of the Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center. She is an authority on New York City in 1940 and has published widely on a range of topics. The purpose of her talk, which will focus on New York City, is to give historical context to the vast amount of data in the census itself, and therefore insight into its meaning.
Meldon J. Wolfgang III, FGBS, will demonstrate how careful study of the Federal census and its subtle features (which change from one census year to another) can lead to extraordinary learning. He explains how the census is a potent source for extracting genealogical information if the researcher is properly prepared and willing to make the effort. Mr. Wolfgang is well known for both his scholarship and riveting lectures.