Saturday, May 19, 2012

Way to go, y'all!

The Pima County Genealogy Society members have indexed and arbitrated a total of 54,519 records since the release of the 1940 census on April 2nd. With 22 members participating in the project, that makes an average of nearly 2,500 records each. Way to go, y'all!

Three of our members are the biggest contributors to the effort with completion of a little over 21,000 of the records. Those are Candice King, Margaret Ward, and Charlotte Venekamp. Congratulations and a big Thank You for the time you put into this. We will all benefit from the product of this indexing project.

The 1940 Census project reports that it is 40% complete as of early this morning with 1.5 million of the 3.7 million records indexed and arbitrated. Six states are searchable online: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia. Another eleven states are 100% complete and will be searchable online very soon: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming. The latest estimate is that the entire census will be indexed in July! It will probably take another month after that for all 50 states to be searchable online. Way to go, y'all!

If you've been thinking about joining the project but have been delaying, now is the time to do it. If you wait much longer, there won't be any 1940 census images left! Go to, download and install the program, register for an account, and start indexing. It's fun and easy and you can do it on your own time. You get to choose which state to index (but not the county) and you get a week to finish the batch. Each batch is one census page with no more than 40 names. Once you get the hang of it you can index a full page in 15 minutes or less.

Keep on Indexing!

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