This previous Saturday, Henrietta Martinez Christmas gave a presentation for the New Mexico Genealogical Society on "Using Census Records to Keep and Eye on Your Ancestors". In the talk, she described the many different ways in which a census may be used to add detail to a genealogy that you might not be able to find in other records.
That got me thinking about the 1940 census. That census was released last year and can be found for free on a number of sites. One of those sites is the National Archives and Records Administration website. I suggest visiting the site. You may find your parents, grandparents and other relatives in the census. Remember, the census was taken only 73 years ago. I'm sure you know at least a few people who are older than 73 years old.
To go to the site, click here.