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Celebrities in the 1940 Census

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After a long wait of 72 years, the 1940 census was released this week and made available in digital format on a free National Archives website developed in partnership with

The legal requirement that no one have advance access means that there's no index for these remarkable records (yet -- those interested in volunteering to help create one can learn more at, but with with a bit of effort, it's still possible to find your relatives -- and even a few celebrities. Here, then, are some of the first famous folks to surface among the 132 million Americans included.

Celebrities in the 1940 Census
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