Friday, May 4, 2012

The 1940 Census

Have you heard about the 1940 Census?  Do you even care?  You should care.

It opened for indexing on April 2, 2012.  In the month that is has been open, 27.79% has been indexed.  What is indexing, you may ask?  You get a digital image of the 1940 census, like this...

It may look a little scary, but you use your mad indexing skills to transcribe the information from the record into a searchable format.  Eventually people around the world, including me, will be able to search for Grandma and Grandpa and the rest of the family tree.

You can do it!  I'll warn you,'s addicting.  In the last week or so, I've indexed 1200 names.  It's that cool.  Happy indexing!

1940 census


  1. And we shall do baptisms sometime! Yay! I'm so glad that I'm 12.

  2. This is right up my alley... I am SO doing this when finals are over. Thanks Jeri Lin!

  3. I have loved indexing and yes definitely addicting!


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