28 April 2012

I'm a Proud Indexer!

With the hype of the 1940 US Census all my last posts have been of indexing.  I'm so happy to see that Hawaii is 56% indexed. I'm still getting batches from Honolulu, Oahu. I hope that my next batch is from the island of Maui. My Hawaiian line comes from Wailuku, Maui. I saw this 1940 First Indexer Award from The Ancestry Insider. I am a proud indexer!!!

 1940 First Indexer Award

1940 Census First Indexer AwardThe displayer of this badge certifies that he or she is a proud indexer of the 1940 Census.
1. Name: Samoan Genealogy Group
2. First Indexed: March 2010
3. First Batch: I think it was World War registration cards.
4. Favorite experience: My favorite experience was indexing 1930 US Census for Hawai'i.
5. I learned about this award from the blog of: The Ancestry Insider (http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2012/04/1940-first-indexer-award.html)
If you want to help index, visit http://indexing.familysearch.org.

Award Rules
To earn this award you must index or arbitrate at least one batch of the 1940 Census. Once you have submitted a batch:
1. Copy this entire post, including the rules.
2. Replace the answers to the questions.
3. If you wish, replace the badge with a different size or background. Pick from the choices at http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2012/04/1940-census-award-badges.html
3. Post on your blog.
4. Display the award with pride alongside other awards and badges on your site.

20 April 2012

Indexing results for the State of Hawaii

I’ve been indexing the State of Hawaii. My latest batch review was 98%.

This batch of names I indexed for Honolulu, Oahu these are the noted errors:

-Surname looked like Pahoa to me (name a bit scribbly), arbitrator selected Pahua.
-Given name looked like Masaya (tail at the end letter? looks like an a), arbitrator selected Masaye.
-Given name I spelled Tomikachi, arbitrator selected Tomihachi. Yeah, I think it was an, “h”.
-Place of birth, I put Hawaii, arbitrator selected Japan. Oooppps. It was Japan.
-Given name I spelled RoseMarie. I looked back at census the names looked together with no space. Arbitrator selected Rose Marie.

Oh well...a few dings. Not bad. Already downloaded more batches for Hawaii.
So glad that an arbitrator checks my work. Indexing is so exciting!!  Help index.

In the batches that I have indexed I’ve come across these different names Japanese, Chinese, Caucasian, Hawaiian, Samoan, Russian, Portugal, and Italian.

My first downloaded batches were from the Big Island now the latest batches I’ve downloaded were from Honolulu, Oahu. I can’t wait till Maui gets indexed next!
Hawaii is 20% indexed so far.


As part of the1940census.com ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for  Amazon Kindle Fire.

14 April 2012

Help Index the 1940 US Census for Hawaii!!

Already found my grandparents living in Laie. If you want to take a look at all the current indexing projects click here. To start help indexing. click here. It's simple and easy. Even if you just index for 5 minutes its such a tremendous help.

Visit the http://1940census.archives.gov/ site to find census maps and enumeration districts to find your families.
Keep updated on the community blog at https://the1940census.com/blog/. Don't forget to comment and tell of your family findings.

11 April 2012

Aaaaww...different spellings of Grandpa Teila first name??

I very rarely go on the Familylink website. I got an email update from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. He posted a blog on April 9, 2012 “Entire 1940 USA Census now Avaliable on Familylink.
Woohoooo!!! I clicked on the link and went straight to Hawaii. I thought, “I need the enumeration number. Where do I get that?” I remembered I had a link to 1940 Enumeration District Maps in One Step. I typed in the island as Oahu and county as Laie. My result was Enumeration District 2-171 Laie. I went back to Familylink.com clicked on Hawaii, inputted the ED 2-171, scrolled a few sheets and there were my grandparents. Teila and Mataniu Fonoimoana showing for the first time in a census as a married couple. 

I first noticed the spelling of my grandpa's first name. He has three different spellings for his first name. Any one of these spellings could appear on any documents that I seek for him. They are: Taila, Teila & Taylor. The reasons for the different spellings could be:
     -The person (Samoan or other) who is writing my grandpa's name on the document only asks what is his name and not how to spell it. So, the person comes up with his own version.
     -Since the name sounds American, the person thinks its spelled Taylor, and doesn't ask for the spelling.
     -My grandpa comes up with his own Samoan version.
     -Other members came up with their own versions. 
and probably many many more reasons. 
Needless to say, I've had to look for all three versions of my grandpa's first name.

 This also goes for all my Samoan research. Each name I do research for there are at least 2-4 different versions of the name.
      One reason is the Samoan titles. When a man or woman receives a title he or she is no longer known by the birth name but by the Title name.
       I read a Samoan journal on microfilm of an accounting about a man who was just baptized into a Church. The day he was baptized he says he was a new man and no longer went by his birth   name   and   choose a  new name and announced this to the congregation and told them  to  call  him  by this  new  name  from  that day forward. The man was 39.
       Some Samoan names are long and the family may only use half of the name. It could be the first half or the second half of name. Ooohh and this could either be the first name or the last name. Maybe even both.

Well, I'm going to look into this record more....see what else I learn.

What have you found in the 1940 US Census? Comment below.

https://the1940census.com/getting-started/ Please help and index.
https://the1940census.com/blog/ Check out the 1940 US Census Blog to keep updated on the latest news. Encourage others to view it and comment. Always great to hear comments!
Fa'afetai lava!!

09 April 2012

1940 US Census Blog - Keep Up To Date

Ever since the Samoan Genealogy Group has become a 1940 US Census Ambassador its been an exciting roller coaster ever since!! I’ve constantly checked the 1940 US Census Blog to keep updated on famous people found in the census, contests and informative posts. Make sure you visit the 1940 Blog often for these updates. Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed, share it on your online networks and comment on the blog. It’s always great to hear from the readers.

My favorite post on the 1940 US Census Blog was by Thomas MacEntee on how he found Chuck Norris on the 1940 US Census.  I wonder...if Chuck Norris ever did find Thomas MacEntee?

I'm still looking for my famous person in the 1940 Census. I choose Freddie Letuli. Here's a link to that post. My grandfather William Kalehuawehe knew and worked with Freddie Letuli.  I did manage to obtain the photograph with Freddie standing with my Grandpa William Kalehuawehe.
Photo credit: Letuli, Patricia. "The Silver Screen." Flaming Sword of Samoa: The Story of the Fire Knife Dance. Honolulu, HI: Watermark Pub., 2004. 1-112. Print.  

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Talofa lava!

08 April 2012

SGG on Pinterest.

I think I might be addicted to this site Pinterest. I read a post about Pinterest and was curious about it. If you don't know about Pinterest. It is a virtual pinboard. You can organize and share things you find on the web. These are posted on pinboards you share with others. You can also see others pinboards and share similar interests. Click here to find out more.

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04 April 2012

1940 US Census American Samoa View Online

I've started viewing the 1940 US Census for American Samoa. Indexing for American Samoa hasn't been posted yet but you can view the images online at MyHeritage.com. This is the site that I've been using.

 Click the Edit search if you want to search by County, Enumeration District or Keywords.
There are five counties: Eastern District of Tutuila, Manua. Rose Island, Swains Island and Western District of Tutuila County.

There is a advanced search button to the right top of the screen

 if you want to search by roll and/or frame. 

I've already spent most of the day on the census. I've found my Hawaiian grandparents. Now, off to find my Samoan grandparents. Let me know what you find. Post in comments below.

Other sites to view the 1940 US Census are Ancestry.com. FamilySearch has Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. Findmypast.com don't have anything online as of now, but are offering to do the searching for you.

All images used in this blog post are from the MyHeritage.com

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:

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.