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# Thursday, March 22, 2012
Exclusive! MyHeritage to Offer 1940 Census Free
Posted by Diane

In an exclusive interview today (about 12 minutes ago, actually), MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet told me that genealogy site and family network MyHeritage.com will offer the 1940 US census for free after the National Archives releases the records April 2.

MyHeritage, a company based in Israel and with a US office in Provo, Utah, will provide the 1940 census free at myheritage.com/1940census, www.worldvitalrecords.com/1940census and www.familylink.com/1940census.

(MyHeritage acquired FamilyLink and its WorldVitalRecords site last November.)

As on other websites planning to offer the 1940 census, you'll be able to browse the record images by place as soon as they're added to the site.

A searchable index will be added throughout the year, as data from each state are transcribed. The MyHeritage 1940 census index will be created separately from both the FamilySearch/Archives.com/brightsolid 1940 Census Community Project and the Ancestry.com index. A company that specializes in historical transcription will develop the index, which Japhet says will be highly accurate. 

Once MyHeritage has launched the index for a given state, you'll be able to search it by multiple criteria using the MyHeritage SuperSearch, a fast and sophisticated new search engine to be released in April. All searches will take less than half a second, Japhet told me.

The search engine will support 38 languages, the only 1940 census site to offer this feature. You'll also be able to search the records using the MyHeritage mobile app.

If you have a family tree on MyHeritage.com, the site will automatically match it to 1940 census data as indexes are added and notify you about relevant results. This reduces the need to constantly repeat your searches to see if the index for your ancestor's state has been added.

The 1940 census is the first of additional historical content to come on MyHeritage. "This is the first serious signal from MyHeritage that it is strongly entering the historical records market," Japhet says.

Japhet shared a lot of detail with me, so I'll write another post about MyHeritage's plans for introducing new, global content and a sophisticated way to search it.

For more 1940 census information, including a free video on using Stephen Morse's One-Step tool for determining your ancestor's 1940 enumeration district, see FamilyTreeMagazine.com/info/1940census.


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Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:30:51 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [5]
Thursday, March 22, 2012 2:00:28 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Will the index be free also? When completed. I didn't read the entire article of course.
Henry
Thursday, March 22, 2012 2:34:04 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi, Henry,
Yes, the index will be free. You should read the article--it's great, if I must say so ;) .
Diane
Diane
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:03:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The page for the last link above, http://www.familytreemagazine.com/info/1940census?et_mid=545362&rid=130975284, has an offer to get "Your Guide to the 1940 US Census" (not the new pocket reference publication) by signing up for the newsletter. If we are already signed up, will we get this link via email? I don't see a link for it in any recent newsletters.

Thanks!
Kam
Friday, March 23, 2012 7:46:11 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi, Kam,

Even if you're already signed up for the newsletter, you can go to FamilyTreeMagazine.com and type your e-mail address into the box to sign up for the newsletter. As long as you use the same email address you're already subscribed under, you won't get the newsletter twice. The link to download the census guide will be on the confirmation page.

Best,
Diane
Diane
Monday, March 26, 2012 5:06:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks, Diane, will do.
Kam
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