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NEW YORK (AP) - When the 1940 census records are released, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.

The 99-year-old Morris will get to experience the novelty of seeing her own name and details about her life in the records being released online Monday after 72 years of confidentiality expires.

Morris is one of more than 21 million people alive in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who were counted in the 16th federal decennial census. The survey documents the tumultuous decade of the 1930s transformed by the Great Depression and black migration from the rural South.

It's a distinction she shares with such living celebrities as Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.

While a name index will not be immediately available to search, access to the records will be free online.

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