On August 3, 2012 just before 2:00 p.m. (MDT), the very last batch of the 1940 US
Census was arbitrated and submitted for publication. The indexing portion
of the 1940 US Census Community Project is officially done!
Just look at what we accomplished:
The project was
supposed to take at least six months, yet it was completed in
just 124 days—two full months ahead of schedule!
of more than 160,000 volunteers participated. Plainly
stated, there is nothing in the annals of the genealogical community
that can compare with this achievement.
Because of the
familiarity of the volunteers with the names and places contained in the records, the resulting index is thought to be among the
most accurate of any census ever published.
Tens of millions of
people will benefit for generations. That's quite a
will take a few more weeks to complete the quality audit of the remaining
states and publish them online for searching; however, the majority of the 1940
US Census records are already searchable online at the sites of the
consortium members. Meanwhile, we hope the feelings you have at this moment
of complishment are satisfying and will motivate you to continue giving.
Families are being united across the generations with every name you index
If you are wondering
where the next "big thing" is for the indexing community, check
out the new US
Immigration & Naturalization Community Project. We're starting with
passenger lists from all of the major US ports, so there will be something
in this project for everyone. Just look for the "US (Community
Project)" label on all record sets belonging to this new project.