The National Archives has released the 1940 Federal Census! But, finding a name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where NYPL comes in!
The Milstein Division of US/Local History & Genealogy, together with NYPL Labs, has built Direct Me NYC 1940. The website features freshly digitized 1940 telephone directories from NYC’s five boroughs and enables users to locate the residential street addresses of New Yorkers from the 1940s, thereby providing the census enumeration districts they need to start their research.
To get you started, this little image is a screenshot of our search for the illustrious Dorothy Parker.