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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, March 30, 2012


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 60

Ready, Set, 1940 US Census!

Friday, March 30, 2012
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Ready, Set, 1940 US Census!

This week our show is entitled Ready, Set, 1940 US Census!  Our special guests will include:  Steve Morse, architect of the Intel 8086 process which helped spark the PC revolution over 30 years ago, who has developed a set of online tools at his One Step Website to help you locate your family in the 1940 US Census. Joining him will be Joel Weintraub, retired biology professor at California State University, Fullerton who has been preparing for the release of the 1940 US Census since 2005. Also, Jim Ericson, of FamilySearch which is one of the sponsors of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. Jim will discuss how you can get involved with indexing the 1940 US Census images when they are released on April 2, 2012. As well as Amy Johnson Crow of, another partner in the 1940 US Census Community Project who offer a behind the scenes look at the technology used to make the 1940 US Census images available to the public.


Steve Morse
Steve Morse

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering.  He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today’s Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 30 years ago.

Joel Weintraub
Joel Weintraub

Joel Weintraub was born and raised in Manhattan. He is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about 15 years ago, and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives and Records Administration in southern California. Joel started transcribing streets within census districts in 2001 to help researchers search the 1930 U.S. Census (released in 2002). He was joined in the venture by David Kehs and Stephen Morse in 2002, and together, they have produced a number of online census searching utilities for both the federal and the New York State censuses on the Morse One Step Website. Joel has been working on finder aids for the 1940 census since 2005, and has given talks on that census starting in 2006.



Jim Ericson
Jim Ericson

Jim Ericson is a senior product marketing manager for FamilySearch, where he provides marketing guidance for and helps recruit volunteers for online community efforts, including FamilySearch indexing. He is also responsible for making sure developers have a good experience at the RootsTech conference. During his career, Jim has combined marketing expertise with his passion for family history. He has spent several years promoting various online genealogy services, including, OneGreatFamily and FamilyLink. An expert on social media and online video delivery, he loves using technology to reach new audiences. Prior to joining FamilySearch, he also served as vice president of marketing at Move Networks, where he helped launch the company’s streaming video services for clients that included ABC, FOX, CWTV, Warner Brothers, and ESPN. Jim currently lives with his wife and four children in Cedar Hills, Utah.


  • 1940 U.S. Census Community Project


Amy Johnson Crow
Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG℠

Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, is a researcher, editor, webmaster, and database developer. She is the Genealogical Content Manager for Amy has also served as a database and website consultant for libraries and societies. She is a former webmaster for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Amy earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University, where she concentrated on digital libraries and digital preservation.


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