Friday, September 10, 2010

FamilySearch Volunteers begin 1930 Census Index

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FamilySearch Volunteers Begin Creating Free Online Index to the Much Anticipated 1930 U.S. Census

In a quest to provide free online searchable indexes to all of the U.S. Censuses, FamilySearch indexing volunteers have recently started work on FamilySearch’s eighth U.S. Census index to add to its growing, free online collection—the 1930 U.S. Census. The 1930 U.S. Census is by far the most used of the U.S. Censuses, and the addition of a free, enhanced, fully searchable name index online will be highly treasured by genealogists. In addition, the new index will include other searchable data fields. FamilySearch has previously published the U.S. Censuses from 1850 to 1880 and from 1900 to 1920 online.

FamilySearch’s 1930 U.S. Census indexing project will have some noticeable differences from previous indexing projects. As you may know, FamilySearch’s approach to creating indexes is to do a “double key” entry and arbitrate discrepancies. That means that two different volunteers are indexing the same historic document. They create two separate indexes that will be compared, and any discrepancies will be arbitrated. The two indexes are then merged into a single, highly accurate, searchable index that is published online.

In the case of some of the U.S. Census indexing projects (including the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses), FamilySearch has used Ancestry.com’s index, and volunteers then created a separate index. The two indexes were then compared, all discrepancies were arbitrated, and an enhanced index was created and published online for free. The 1930 U.S. Census indexing project will be a little different from these projects because additional fields of data will be extracted, which will improve the patron search experience. Consequently, some volunteer indexers will download batches and will be asked to extract only the fields of information missing from Ancestry.com’s index, while those creating the B, or comparison, index will be required to index all of the fields. The result will be a much more comprehensible and enhanced free index for searching online.
In addition to the data already found in Ancestry.com’s current 1930 U.S. Census index, FamilySearch volunteers will also index the following fields:
  • Line Number
  • Family Number
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Marital Status
  • Father’s Place of Birth
  • Mother’s Place of Birth
  • Year of Immigration

New Projects in the Past Month

·         Mexico, Puebla—1930 Federal Censo
See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.

Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at pilot.familysearch.org in the near future.

  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 [Div 70–92]
  • Canada, Ontario—Births, 1869–1912
  • Canada, Ontario—Deaths, 1933–1937
  • España, Avila, Navalmoral—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935
  • España, Malaga—Registros Civiles, 1846–1870
  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906
  • Guatemala, Huehuetenango y San Marcos—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900
  • Honduras, Tegucigalpa—San Miguel Bautismos, 1895–1931
  • Mexico, Zacatecas—1930 Federal Censo
  • U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part D]
  • U.K., Isle of Man—Parish Registers, 1598–1850
  • U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754–1900 [Part 1C]
  • U.S.—Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files, 1812–1905
  • U.S., Alaska—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [VIII]
  • U.S., Hawaii—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., Idaho—County Marriages, 1864–1950
  • U.S., Illinois—1855 State Census
  • U.S., Louisiana—WWII Draft Registration, 1942
  • U.S., Maine—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Military and Naval—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Minnesota—1857 Territorial Census
  • U.S., Minnesota—1905 State Census
  • U.S., New York—1905 State Census [Part 2]
  • U.S., North Carolina—County Marriages, 1762–1959 [Part A]
  • U.S., Rhode Island—1885 State Census
  • U.S., Rhode Island—1935 State Census
  • U.S., South Carolina—1930 Federal Census
  • U.S., South Dakota—1945 State Census [Part C]
  • U.S., South Dakota—1945 State Census [Part D]
  • U.S., Tennessee—1930 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—1910 Federal Census [Part 2]
  • U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934
  • U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part B]
  • U.S., Wisconsin—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Wisconsin—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Spanish
31%
Spanish
45%
Spanish
22%
Spanish
86%
Portuguese
5%
Portuguese
1%
Portuguese
42%
English
2%
English
(New)
English
37%
French
33%
Česká republika, Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1]
(Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1])
German
65%
Spanish
(New)
Spanish
26%
Spanish
11%
Spanish
37%
German
53%
German
(New)
Spanish
(New)
España, LugoRegistros Parroquiales, 15301930 [Parte 1]
Spanish
39%
France, Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907
French
32%
France, Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907
French
28%
French
67%
France, Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907
French
57%
Spanish
(New)
Spanish
9%
Italian
54%
Italian
26%
English
56%
Spanish
82%
Mexico, Puebla—1930 Federal Censo
Spanish
(New)
Mexico, San Luis Potosi—1930 Federal Censo
Spanish
84%
English
2%
Norwegian
23%
Spanish
43%
Portuguese
19%
Russland, Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885
German
3%
South Africa, Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970
Afrikaans, Dutch, English
56%
Swedish
46%
Swedish
58%
Swedish
26%
English
46%
English
(New)
English
9%
English
20%
English/
Old English
12%
English
15%
English
19%
English
56%
English
6%
English
20%
English
(New)
English
29%
U.S., Indiana, De Kalb County—Marriages, 1811–1959
English
51%
U.S., Indiana, Dearborn County—Marriages, 1811–1959
English
51%
U.S., Indiana, Delaware County—Marriages, 1811–1959
English
76%
English
82%
English
5%
English
5%
English
(New)
English
16%
English
13%
English
18%
English
4%
English
(New)
English
33%
Spanish
(New)
Spanish
28%
Spanish
78%
Spanish
(New)
English
28%
English
(New)
English
(New)
English
49%
English
(New)
Spanish
16%
Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925
German
28%
Russian
(New)
Russian
55%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Australia, Victoria—Probate Records, 18531989
English
94%
Dutch
39%
French
47%
Portuguese
1%
English
17%
German
7%
Spanish
(New)
Spanish
73%
French
58%
Norwegian
35%
Spanish
45%
English
1%
U.S., Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3]
English
51%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908
English
62%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940
English
32%


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