Posted By:Tracey Coleman
Subject:How to get 1940 thru 1990 Census Documents
Post Date:June 06, 2004 at 13:37:14
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1940 thru 1990 Census Help

Originally Posted at USGenweb Census Project web page


"Federal Census from 1940 - Present
According to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) the 1940 and later censuses are not available for public use due to a statutory 72-year restriction on access for privacy reasons. (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978).

To make application (named person, family or legal representatives only) for this restricted information, visit the United States Census Bureau "age search" service where they will "search the confidential records from the Federal population censuses of 1940 to 1990 and issue an official transcript of the results (for a congressionally mandated fee)."

Just got this info, to see it, go to

or, for the NARA site itself go to

Thought others out there may be interested.

Tracey Coleman Pikos