Wednesday, April 04, 2012
#1940Census Day 2 webinar is in the archives
It seems Mike at RootsMagic.com worked late last night to process the recording of last night's 1940 US Census Images and Indexing Webinar. Ol' Myrt here just checked and finds it now in the queue at: http://www.rootsmagic.com/webinars/1940census/
A BIG thanks to Mike and Bruce at RootsMagic for sponsoring these webinars each night this week in their larger capacity "room". Some were turned away from last night's event as their emails remind me. Be sure to arrive early tonight to be assured of getting a seat. You can do some indexing while you wait!
Speaking of indexing, it was a joy to interview Bree, the 6th grader who is currently indexing some 1940 Colorado census images. In prep for our interview yesterday, I asked if her friends were also indexing. She told me that a flyer had been passed around telling the girls in her youth group about joining the effort. I am sure she will tell them how fun it is to decipher the cryptic old handwriting and submit a batch. By the way, this granddaughter of mine is no slouch, her accuracy rate is 96%. Results of arbitration are coming back on one of the tabs on the right side of your FamilySearch Indexing screen.
The Legal Genealogist blog to discuss some odd comments coming through on CNET about right to privacy and the 1940 census. How I wish these commentators were more interested in facts and less interested in attempting to raise a ruckus. Thanks for setting the record straight, Judy. Reference: The census' broken privacy promise.
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Of particular interest is last night's detailed slide presentation from the team of Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub discussing the One Step Enumeration District Finder Tools. They also explained how the US Census Folder of tools at www.SteveMorse.org will assist researchers even after an every-name index is created. One thing I'd like to do is check to see who was living in my house in 1940 - a peculiar but interesting suggestion from one of the attendees.
We also heard from Amy Johnson Crow that the NARA 1940 site had 100 servers available on day one, and yesterday 170 servers were working to make the images available to inquiring minds. Several major refinements to the site were made yesterday to accommodate the unprecedented number of visitors. According to feedback among webinar attendees, researchers are having better luck downloading single pages and entire enumeration districts than was experienced the day before.Bravo!
Jim Ericson focused on FamilySearchIndexing.org, and discussed some of the projects in the queue. This is the site where you download software and can take on the challenge to assist in this massive indexing collaboration sponsored by Archives.com, FamilySearch.org and FindMyPast.com.
Join us again tonight to discover more about the process. Ol' Myrt here will be demonstrating the MyHeritage.com 1940 census user interface which I find particularly useful.
The registration info for the webinar is available at:
Happy family tree climbing!
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