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# Tuesday, May 08, 2012
FamilySearch: 1940 Census Is Only One of This Year's Projects
Posted by Diane

At tonight's FamilySearch bloggers meeting at the National Genealogical Society Conference, FamilySearch both celebrated the progress of the 1940 Census Community Project and emphasized that it's just a part of what the organization hopes to accomplish his year. Here are some stats we were presented with:

  • Getting 400,000 historical record images online at FamilySearch.org is FamilySearch's goal for 2012, and the 1940 census is just one percent of that.

  • FamilySearch.org has collections for 60+ countries, with the United States leading the charge at 200 million images with more than 1 billion indexed.

  • More than 530 million digital images of historical records are on the site, with 1.7 billion indexed.

  • Comprehensive collections include Mexico civil and church records and civil registrations from the Netherlands.

  • FamilySearch has a contract with the Italian government to digitize civil registrations there dating through 1940.

  • Besides records, FamilySearch is also working on a program that has 10,000 volunteers answering genealogists' questions online via VOIP and chat technology.

  • Now for the 1940 census project, 101,000 volunteers have helped index or arbitrate census; 170,000 of them new this year. They were recreuited through genealogical societies (650 are participating), a blog ambassador program, targeted online advertising and other efforts.

  • 95 percent of all FamilySearch indexing activity is for the 1940 census, but as the project winds down, FamilySearch will try to transition those indexers to other indexing projects.

  • 30 percent of all the census records were indexed within 37 days. As of tomorrow, six states' indexes will be published: Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire.

  • California is more than 40 percent indexed.

  • Archives.com, findmypast.com, the National Archives and ProQuest also receive copies of the volunteer-created index.

  • The 1940 census index could possibly be completed (though not necessarily published) by July.


    census records | FamilySearch | International Genealogy | Italian roots
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 9:58:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
  • Friday, May 11, 2012 5:14:05 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
    Request your permission to reprint this update on the 1940 US Census on the Vick Family Newsletter that is being compiled now." We would print exactly as is and provide the link to your blog.
    Thanks,
    Pam Vick
    Asst Editor
    pvick@zianet.com
    Pamela Vick
    Friday, May 11, 2012 5:15:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
    Request your permission to reprint this update on the 1940 US Census on the Vick Family Newsletter that is being compiled now." We would print exactly as is and provide the link to your blog.
    Thanks,
    Pam Vick
    Asst Editor
    pvick@zianet.com
    Pamela Vick
    Saturday, May 12, 2012 2:05:08 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
    Hi, Pam,
    You're welcome to use this blog post in your family newsletter with attribution and a link to the blog. Please also use the statement "Family Tree Magazine Copyright 2012. Used with permission. To learn more or subscribe, visit FamilyTreeMagazine.com."
    Diane
    Diane
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