01 April 2012

It's Tomorrow! April 2nd Release of 1940 US Census

From the National Archives Site:
What You Can Expect on April 2

"The 1940 US Census Community Project is creating an index to the 1940 US Federal Census that will be made available for free. This is a joint effort between Archives.com. FindMyPast, FamilySearch, hundreds of societies, and tens of thousands of individual volunteers. The resulting index will be made available on the websites of the primary sponsors.

On the morning of Monday, April 2, NARA will release the digital images of the 1940 census to multiple parties, including the 1940 US Census Community Project. We will immediately start uploading these 3.6 million images to servers, where they will become available online over time. The ability for people to start accessing some of these images through the community project will take hours, not minutes.

As the first five states are loaded to servers, corresponding projects will be set up to index those images as state projects. We anticipate the first five states will be available for volunteer indexing by 10pm EDT.

The first five states to be loaded and ready for indexing on April 2 are the following:
Delaware
Virginia
Kansas
Oregon
Colorado

The process of uploading images and setting up indexing projects by state will continue until all the states and territories for this project are published, which may take up to two weeks to complete. Every day  more images will be made available for browsing and indexing, so you will want to check back often to see which states are available.

The indexing process will be taking place through FamilySearch indecing. If you are already a FamilySearch indexing volunteer, these 1940 census projects will appear as new projects in the indexing software. No new software download or registration process is necessary to participate. If you are not currently a volunteer but want to participate in this historic opportunity, get started by downloading the indexing software and registering today. "

What You Can Do Now
1. Download and install the indexing software
2. Learn how to index the 1940 US Census 
3. Let others know about the 1940 US Census Community Project

Click here for more details

Samoan Genealogy Group is so excited to participate in this historic event. We hope you will join us. Remember stay tuned to our Blog for any new updates. Follow us on twitter and like us on facebook. Don't forget to join our facebook page as well.


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