1940 Census
Adams County, Pennsylvania


The 1940 federal census of the United States is being released for the first time on Monday April 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. At that time, the census will be available in digital form direct from the National Archives web site. The bad news is that there is no index right now to the approximately 3,900,000 images. This census will eventually be indexed by Ancestry.com and possibly by other subscription genealogy web sites. There is also a program underway that will create a free index through the LDS Church and their FamilySearch.org web site. Click here to sign up to help create this index.

Until indexing is available for the 1940 census, the way to find people in the 1940 census will be to determine the "Enumeration District" (ED) of the place where your ancestors lived and view the images for that ED. This page is designed to help you identify the enumeration district number(s) for Lancaster County municipalities.

Click here for large map showing ED's in Townships (useful if you need to search adjoining areas). For all municipalities, see the table below.

Table of Enumeration Districts

Click on Municipality name for ED map (on NARA web site). Most boroughs are shown with the adjoining township, as listed in the table below.

When the census images become available online, you will be able to click on the ED numbers to go directly to the online images.

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Enumeration Districts

Abbottstown Borough
(see Berwick Township)


Arendtsville Borough
Franklin Township)


Bendersville Borough
(see Menallen Township)


Biglerville Borough
(see Butler Township)


Bonneauville Borough
(Incorporated in 1961 and
therefore not in the 1940 census.)


Carroll Valley Borough
Incorporated in 1974 and
therefore not in the 1940 census.


East Berlin Borough
(see Reading Township)


Fairfield Borough
(see Hamiltonban Township)


Gettysburg Borough

 1-17, 1-18, 1-19, 1-20, 1-21

Littlestown Borough
(see Germany Township)

 1-29, 1-30

McSherrystown Borough
(see Conewago Township)

 1-31, 1-32

New Oxford Borough
(see Oxford Township)


York Springs Borough
(see Huntington Township)


Berwick Township


Butler Township


Conewago Township

 1-7, 1-8

Cumberland Township


Franklin Township

 1-12, 1-14

Freedom Township


Germany Township


Hamilton Township


Hamiltonban Township

 1-23, 1-24

Highland Township


Huntington Township


Latimore Township


Liberty Township


Menallen Township

 1-33, 1-34

Mount Joy Township


Mount Pleasant Township

 1-36, 1-37

Oxford Township


Reading Township


Straban Township


Tyrone Township


Union Township


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