Wednesday, March 21, 2012

1940s Census--You Can Make It Happen (and you could win a prize!)

If you know me well, you know I have way more hobbies than I need. Lots of things distract me from doing what I should do most of which is write.
One of my favorite hobbies is Family Search Indexing. I've been doing it for at least four years. I get to help make genealogical records available to the whole world.  I've done over 140,000 names. It's one of the most satisfying things I've ever done. The fun thing is that anyone can do it.
You get to pick which records you index and I've helped with some amazing projects. I've learned a lot about history. I've indexed French protestant records from the 19th century, the Mexican 1930 census, the Freedman Bureau letters that tell how the freed slaves made their way in a confusing new world after the Civil War.
Everyone is very excited about the 1940 census because we all know someone who's in it. For example, one of my favorite people in the whole world is my Uncle Jim pictured here in his WWII uniform. He'll be on this census as will my mom and the rest of her family.
If you would like to try indexing,they have an amazing contest going on here: All you have to do is sign up as an indexer and do one practice batch on the 1940 census. Easy peasy.
The main site is here: and you can learn all sorts of things about the upcoming 1940 census.
If you're interested in family history or just plain old history you should give this a try. It's free, it makes you feel good and it's not fattening. How cool is that?

Disclosure:As part of ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a Kindle Fire.


  1. I love the "not fattening" part of indexing! Great photo and great post!

  2. Uncle Jim, my mom and my dad are all still around and still telling stories of their adventures in a very special era!