Friday, March 23, 2012

1940 Census: A new indexer signed up and says...

About ten more indexers are enthused about signing up to support the volunteer effort over at following my presentation last night at the Fairfax Genealogical Society's general meeting.  When we got home, I took a peek at my email and discovered this:

Hi Myrt, I don't belong to a society, but after reading some of your blog, I decided to take the leap and signed up for indexing, in great anticipation of the 1940 census! It is easier than I thought, and just knowing that someone else is also indexing the same material, and if necessary, the batch can go to a higher authority, well I realized I was not left out there in cyberland with the potential of making horrible mistakes that would forever ruin someone's research! Not so! And has lots of help in place, and auto-filling etc.

Most of all I realized that anyone, whether interested in genealogy or not, can help with indexing. You can index and still watch Dancing With the Stars! Remember to point that out - family and friends of genealogists can help with this undertaking. And yes, it is that important!

THANKS, Georgia for this unbiased report of the indexing process.  You're right -- it is that important.

The 1940 Census IMAGES will be available publicly on 2 April 2012 at 9am Eastern US time at:

Volunteer to create the every-name index at:
WITH THIS MASSIVE INDEXING PROJECT, we're going to make history and VOTE by our ACTIONS for more collaboration among genealogy websites. Thanks to, and for working together to produce the always-free every name index. I've heard that was invited to participate in the collaboration but opted to spend its own money to index this census. At $1 per name, that's $132 million they didn't need to spend, IMHO.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. Great story. Communication is key to encouraging others to register. Thank you for sharing this.