The 1940 Census – What’s the big deal?
If you’re not a diehard genealogist or family historian you may not have even noticed that the 1940 census is the talk of the town over the past few months. Yet genealogists around the world are going nuts over the April 2nd release.
Why all the hype? What’s a census?
In 1787, the founding fathers of the United States of America mandated that a census be taken every 10 years to count the entire population of the country to direct taxes and state representation.
Representation and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.
– Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States