CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mary Glass will present “Getting the Most Out of and Searching the 1940 Census” on Thursday, July 12, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The 6 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

Glass will discuss accessing and using information available in the recently released 1940 U.S. census and tips on finding the vast resources pertaining to West Virginia that are available at Free public access to the 1940 census and other documents are online at the FamilySearch site and are rapidly being indexed. Information available includes original federal documents, some of West Virginia’s original documents, books, genealogies of families, free courses and articles. She will explore the methods for searching these records.

Raised in Kanawha County, Glass now lives in Buckhannon. She has degrees in education from West Virginia University and Marshall University and has taught chemistry, physics and gifted education classes. She is past president of the West Virginia Association for the Gifted and Talented. Glass has an avid interest in family history, and is a volunteer indexer and arbitrator for FamilySearch. She also serves as a family history consultant for the Buckhannon Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the program, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail at or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

The Archives and History Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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