Tuesday, March 27, 2012

REMINDER: DearMYRTLE's nightly 1940 Census webinar sessions

DearREADERS,
Just heard several exciting things from Jim Ericson, Senior Product Marketing Manager at FamilySearch International:
1. There are 34,000 individuals who've signed up to do volunteer indexing at the1940census.com. Using my previous calculations this means each one of us will only have to index about 7,100 entries. (That will be cinchy. Ol 'Myrt here has indexed as many as 28,000 entries in a month.)

2. FamilySearch will be joining DearMYRTLE's 1940 Census Images and Indexing UPDATE webinar sessions to be held Monday through Friday next week to provide insight and to hear how things are going.
THANKS to our friends at RootsMagic for hosting this webinar in their larger GoToWebinar "room."  This means instead of the first 100, the first 1,000 people in the door will have a seat. As usual, Ol' Myrt here will hold the pre-webinar warm-up beginning 15 minutes before the hour. TOGETHER we'll get up to speed on this census.

THIS WEBINAR MEETS FIVE TIMES
You may attend any or all sessions with your single registration.
REGISTER ONCE to receive log-in info and reminders for all five nights.

MONDAY Apr 2nd
TUESDAY Apr 3rd
WEDNESDAY Apr 4th
THURSDAY Apr 5th
FRIDAY April 6th

REGISTER NOW USING THIS NEW LINK
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/515167334

9pm Eastern US
8pm Central US
7pm Mountain US
6pm Pacific US

If you need a time zone converter, there is a great one located here:

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE WEBINAR
Since the 1940 US Census images will have been released only 12 hours prior to the first webinar session, we'll be learning and sharing together. The format for the webinar is "OPEN MIC" to discuss "on the fly" the experiences we're having with the newly released 1940 US Federal Census images. Now with 1,000 rather than 100 attendees, we'll call it a "partial open mic".



ARCHIVES.COM ADVICE

Amy Johnson Crow, the new Genealogical Content Manager for Archives.com will also be on hand to field questions. Archives.com is the company that designed and is hosting the NARA 1940 site.  She will be available during each session to provide some tips and tricks for using the site.

TOPICS
Here are some questions to get us started:

The images:
-- Were there challenges logging in at www.1940census.archives.gov to view the images?
-- Have you found an ancestor?
-- Did you use ED maps for larger cities or browse the complete county?
-- In what formats can one save the image?
-- Are there issues zooming in and out, or do you think things are moving smoothly?
-- Was the website timing out, or did things run smoothly?
-- Do you like the image viewer?
-- If you are having issues with the image viewer, which OS and web browser are you using?

The indexing:
-- Did you sign up for indexing at www.the1940Census.com?
-- Have you been notified that your state is available for indexing yet?
-- Is this process running smoothly?
-- Have you previously done FamilySearchIndexing.org work as an indexer?
-- Have you previously done FamilySearchIndexing.org work as an arbitrator?

REGISTER NOW USING THIS NEW LINK
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/515167334

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar, including instructions about using your headset or computer speakers to hear what is being said. There are also instructions for calling in to listen via telephone.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

iPad users may download the GoToMeeting App in the App Store.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

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