13.5 million people lived in New York in 1940. And you can search for any one of them now by name in the just-launched 1940 U.S. Federal Census index for the Empire State on Ancestry.com. New York was the country's biggest state in 1940 and its census pages are filled with fascinating folks. We've already found a few ? see links to a handful of recognizable names on our Sticky Notes blog. Plus New York joins Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine and Nevada as the states from the 1940 census that are now fully indexed and fully searchable on Ancestry.com. While we realize New York itself housed more than 10 percent of the country's residents in 1940, there are still likely a few of your relatives who were living somewhere else (mine, too). With that in mind, know that our next indexed states are just around the corner. So stay tuned. Search the 1940 census now.