1940 U.S. Census Community Project: Indexing

Last week on The Forget-Me-Not Hour, Jessie Davis, manager of recruitment for indexers at FamilySearch.org, joined me on the show. She talked about how the indexing project called the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project was coming along after two weeks in operation. After 72 years, on April 2 the 1940 U.S. census was released, and now it needs to be indexed for all us genealogists and family historians!

I was astonished at how many new indexers joined the FamilySearch indexing team just for the 1940 census. You’ll have to listen to the show to find out just how many. FamilySearch already had tens of thousands of indexers working on other projects, and the indexing team increased dramatically with the 1940 census. I’m one of the novice indexers that the 1940 census brought on board.

It’s easy to join the fun. Just click on the 1940 U.S. census button at www.FamilySearch.org to sign on. You’ll need to download software, do a test run and then away you go. I found the indexing to be very straightforward, and I was thrilled to be a member of the team that is indexing the 1940 census for the genealogy community.

Listen to Jessie Davis talk about the 1940 indexing project right here.


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2 thoughts on “1940 U.S. Census Community Project: Indexing

    Lisa Wilcox says: April 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    [Note to self: listen to this show at earliest opportunity.]

    Indexing has got to be good genealogical karma. 😉 Oregon, where I’ve lived for decades, was one of the earlier states released, and 99% completed before I even signed up to index.

    So I’m helping with my home state, California. Unsurprisingly, my batches have all been from Greater Los Angeles districts near where I was raised –a good thing, as I might otherwise be baffled by Hispanic and Japanese names. So far my arbitration rates are running 97%. Go me!!


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