Tonight Ol' Myrt here will make a short presentation at the Fairfax Genealogical Society's general meeting during the opening announcements. Previously, the FxGS Board had declined to enter into the 1940 US Census volunteer indexing project in favor of focusing efforts on member education. Fortunately, its possible for individuals to join the indexing effort.
Here's my plan to build interest in the upcoming release of the 1940 census. My point will be to inform members that the images will appear free at 1940census.archives.gov, divided by state and enumeration district. The images will not be searchable by name until the volunteer effort to index the 132 million entries is completed.
1. I've printed enough of these 1/3 cut flyers to place one on each chair prior to the start of the meeting. You may use that link to print out flyers for your group!
2. I've printed a matching poster on our 11x17 inch printer, mounted it on foam core, included the 1940 Census Extraction forms from Ancestry.com, page 1 and page 2. Mr. Myrt has a floor easel so we can post sign near the door for all to see when they enter the room.
3. I'll use the PowerPoint slides I share with you previously. Here's the YouTube version, where Ol' Myrt here narrates the presentation: http://youtu.be/gVXJGYSGW3A. This is the link to the Slide Share version: http://www.slideshare.net/DearMYRTLE/dearmyrtles-1940-us-census-project
4. Ol 'Myrt here aims to be positive and supportive, pointing the group to a special 1940 Census session by NARA's Claire Kluskens at the society's annual spring conference this coming Saturday.
At least three of us in the meeting have already committed to participating in the 1940 indexing project.
How are things going with your society? Have you thought of ways to overcome objections?
Happy family tree climbing!
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