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Find Your Family - Indexing the 1940 Census

Article Date: 
24 February, 2012 (All day)

I know I have written a few times about the 1940 census, but here I go again.  We are only a little over a month from the release of the census.  If you have not signed up to index I encourage you to do so.  

This will be one of the largest national community service projects of all time.  More than 150,000 volunteers from all over the world will join together to make the 1940 census available to be searched.

The project will take several months, and when it is done there will be more than 130 million individuals who will be able to be searched.  Many of you reading are either in the census or know someone who is.  

FamilySearch, the genealogical organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring the indexing project.  When this index is completed it will link to the actual images of the census.  Both the images and the index will be completely free for public use.  

Indexing censuses is easy.  Anyone can do it.  It is also fun (I know for those of you who have not done it that this may be hard to believe, but give it a try).  It is also a great way to give service in only a few minutes each day.

If you are a leader of a youth group, including scouts, this is a great opportunity to introduce the youth to family history and give them the opportunity for service projects.

Indexing is a great way to connect with others in a common cause and give of yourself. This is true even if you are someone who has limited time, or limited physical abilities, 

If it seems like I am a walking billboard for indexing, I am!  I have seen the benefit to many individuals’ lives from both the indexing and from discovering ancestors in records.  Many of these experiences are only made possible because of indexing.

If you would like to learn more about the census and participating in this national service project, please visit:

There is also a great video on the site that,  in a simple way, communicates all the emotion and importance of the 1940 census.  I hope that you will get involved and spread the word for others to get involved as well.  

You can begin indexing today if you want some practice before the census.  Right now there is a project up to index the World War I draft registration cards.  

This project is a great way to become familiar with indexing in preparation for the census.  Please visit today and get started in this great project.