As I discussed last week, the 1940 Census will be made available to the public on April 2, 2012. Unfortunately, when it is released, the data has not been indexed so there won’t be a way to search the information for the records you need.
However, there are many volunteer opportunities for people who enjoy family history and historical documents to help catalog this data. All you need is a computer and the time. The two sites that I know of that does this type of volunteer indexing provides you with the software to download and easy instruction on how to start processing your first record.
You don’t have to commit to a specific number of hours, a certain time of the day or a number of records you’ll index. Just sign on, copy the information you see, and then submit the information once you’ve completed the record. And don’t worry if you are afraid you might index something wrong. There will be at least two people looking at every record so just do your best.
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If you want to help out, check out these sites:
They always have projects they are working on so you can go ahead and get some practice before April 2nd. Then on Monday we can all work together to get the 1940 Census processed for everyone to enjoy.
Post any questions you have about these sites and I’ll help answer them. Happy indexing!