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Monday, February 27, 2012

Helping with the 1940 US Census

Here is a flyer I received from FamilySearch on the 1940 US Census:

1940 US Census Project Update
The launch of the 1940 US Census Community Project is now less than 40 days away! Thousands of people and hundreds of genealogy societies and other organizations have signed up to help provide free and open access to this amazing collection by indexing the census images to make them searchable online.

The indexing infrastructure has undergone a significant upgrade just this week as we make final preparations for the launch of this monumental effort.

Get Ready Now

Many indexing projects are now available to help you learn how the indexing software works and to help you train for the release of the 1940 US federal census on April 2. These projects include the following:
Iowa 1895 State Census
New York 1855 State Census
WWI Draft Registration Cards (multiple states)
WWII Draft Registration Cards (multiple states)
US Passenger Lists (multiple states)
1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows
Texas Births and Deaths
UK 1871 Census
If you haven’t already had a chance, you can download the indexing software and get started today.

The 1940 census includes those who have been called “the Greatest Generation.” Get ready to index these records to ensure that everyone can be found, every connection can be made, and every legacy can be preserved.

Spread the Word

You can help us spread the word, even if you can’t find time to participate in indexing right now. Getting others involved will make the indexing effort go more quickly.
Here are a few ways to let others know about this nationwide opportunity for service:

Tell your friends to join the cause by registering at
Are you in a society? Index census records as a society.
Do you blog or have a website? Become an ambassador to spread the word.
Are you on Facebook? Like our page on Facebook.
Are you on Twitter? Follow @The1940Census and join the conversation using #1940census.
Who Will You Find?

If you are interested in finding a specific individual in the 1940 US Census, we want to hear from you. Please tell us who you are hoping to find and why. Send a message to

Thanks for your ongoing support.

The 1940 US Census Community Project Team

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