Saturday, March 31, 2012

2 more days...

It's been 72 years in the making and in two days comes the big reveal...the 1940 United States Census!  For those of you don't know, I am a huge fan of and I love to index records for  So my inner Family History geek can hardly wait to see these newly released records which will contain information about one of our greatest generations.  These 1940 census images will be more accurate and will include more personal information about our ancestors than any previous census records to date.

At first you will only be able to view the census records, like flipping through a book--albeit a very, very large book.  Indexers will begin working behind the scenes to index the names so they will be searchable, making it so you don't have to scroll through hundreds of pages reading every name to find the ancestor you are looking for. Genius!

If you love learning about the past, consider getting involved in the indexing effort.  It is fun and simple to do.  You can sign up at  All you need to do is download the indexing program (free) and they have tutorials to help you get started.  Easy peasey.  You index at your own pace--doing as many or as few as you feel comfortable with.  Once you get going, you'll become a Genealogy Geek too. I guarantee it.

To learn more about the 1940 census, click on my Ancestry Ace badge on the left side of the blog.  April 2nd, I can hardly wait.  Let the census commence!

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