1940 US Census – Your Indexing Help Needed!

1940 US Census

FamilySearch.org and its partners will start publishing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census for free on April 2, 2012, the day the census is released by NARA.  FamilySearch.org will also provide digital images to tens of thousands of volunteers to start transcribing the records so they become searchable.

Complete publication of the index will depend on how many volunteers like you can help. Recently, I heard that if 135,000 people help with indexing the 1940 US Census, the project could be finished in one week. Are you in?

Click here to sign up and volunteer your indexing skills.  It’s easy, it’s fun and it is a great way to give back to the genealogy community!

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Archives.com US Census Feature – Screen Shots


Here are some screen shots from the Census Records section of Archives.com which just announced the availability of US Federal Census population schedules as part of a partnership with FamilySearch. Click each image to embiggen.


User enters search criteria.

Archives.com Census Search Form



Archives.com brings back the most relevant search results, along with actual thumbnail images.

Archives.com US Census Search Results



Here we display all of the indexed fields from the census record. User can click thumbnail image to view actual scan of the census page.

Archives.com US Census Historical Record



User can zoom, increase/decrease brightness and contrast. Allows user to scroll through census pages (next/previous), print, download, and save to tree (or into “My Records” queue).

Archives.com US Census Original Image

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©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

BIG NEWS – Archives.com Adds the U.S. Census to its Website


[Editor’s note: we received this information this morning from Archives.com. This is big news since it involves an ongoing partnership with FamilySearch and a commitment of up to $5 million to similar digitization projects. We’ll have more information shortly with screen caps as well as an announcement about a contest to win a free membership at Archives.com.]

Family History Website Archives.com Brings Extraordinary New Value to Users and Pledges 5 Million Dollars to Digitize Additional Historical Records

Today Archives.com, the web’s most affordable and easy-to-use subscription-based family history site, announces the addition of the U.S. Federal Census, the single most valuable collection of U.S. historical records. The U.S. Census collections were made available by FamilySearch International, the world’s largest genealogy organization, as part of a joint effort to introduce more records to family historians worldwide. In conjunction with the Census effort, Archives will also embark on a joint project with FamilySearch to digitize tens-of-millions of additional historical records, the majority of which are not currently online. Archives has pledged a minimum of five million dollars to this important project which will positively impact the entire community.

Archives CEO Matthew Monahan notes, “We’re extremely excited to bring this comprehensive collection of U.S. Census records and images that have been enhanced by the FamilySearch volunteer community to Archives.com. We’re dedicated to bringing users new and compelling content, and that’s why we’re happy to contribute at least five million dollars to similar ongoing community projects. Archives already provides members with exceptional value for an extremely low price—adding the U.S. Census and other unique collections as part of this initiative with FamilySearch will be a game changer.”

Archives has integrated the full set of U.S. Federal Population Census indexes from 1790¬ to 1930 consisting of over 500 million names along with 3 million images from census years 1850, 1870, and 1900. In the near future, the full set of census images will be accessible. Leading the effort is former FamilySearch veteran Anne Roach AG®, CGSM as Director of Content Development.

Jay L. Verkler, president of FamilySearch, said, “U.S. Census records are the most searched collections for North America. We are pleased when companies like Archives.com join in the collective goal to make more historic records available online quickly and cost effectively. We look forward to working with the entire industry to facilitate these types of contributions.” Verkler noted that the daunting challenge to digitize and provide access to the world’s genealogical records can only be accomplished with community support and participation from dynamic companies like Archives.com.

While the addition of the entire U.S. Census and the ongoing digitization projects will bring enormous value to Archives members, the company plans to maintain its low annual fee. Already one of the highest trafficked family history websites, the company anticipates massive growth as a result of these enhancements, which clearly makes Archives.com the premier destination for low-cost subscription-based family history research. For regular updates about the census integration and digitization project, visit http://www.archives.com/census.

About Archives

Archives.com is a leading family history website that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.5 billion historical records in a single location, and makes them available at a price that’s up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. Archives.com is owned and operated by Inflection, a fast-growing data commerce company. Find more information at www.Inflection.com.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Disclosure:  Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy vendors and organizations.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee