1940 Census Available today!
From HCL Librarian JoEllen:
Today is the big day that the 1940 Census becomes available to the public through the National Archives. It is not yet keyword searchable by name but can be searched by enumeration district when an address (or small town) is known.
The city directories for Minneapolis and St Paul are available at Minneapolis Central including 1940. Directories are a great resource for information-they include full name, often a spouse’s name, place of business, occupation, and residence. Fourth floor also has city directories for outstate Minnesota — but many of the “newer” communities earliest directories were not published until ca. 1956. You can call the 4th floor of Mpls Central (612-543-8186 or 8187) for further information about the Minnesota City Directory Collection.
Also on the 4th floor, are the Minneapolis telephone books dating back to 1940. The older suburban communities are included in these books. For St. Paul and St. Paul suburban community telephone books, the public can try either the St. Paul Public Library or the Minnesota Historical Society (which is closed on Mondays).
Check out the Genealogy blog for more information about the 1940 census http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/Blog/index.cfm?Topic=Genealogy