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==== Search the Collection ====
To search the [https://familysearch.org/1940census%7CUnited search/collection/2000219, United States 1940 US Census, 1940 collection] by name , fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> ⇒Select the "State" <br> ⇒Select the "County" <br> ⇒Select the "Township or Other Division of County" <br> ⇒Select the "Enumeration District" which takes you to the images
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
Keep in mind:
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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