Thursday, March 22, 2012

1940 US Census: Are You Doing All You Can?

Those Places Thursday:  North Chicago or Evanston, Illinois -
"Neighborhood War Meeting, August 9, 1942"

Are you doing all you can to prepare for the 1940 US Census?

In a little more than 11 days, the 1940 US Census will be released!  

The 1940 census project  needs volunteers to help create a name index for these images, and you can practice now, with simulation census pages at the FamilySearch indexing site.  What's more, the practice will enter you in a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card or one of two $50 Visa gift cards.

Here's what you need to do:

First, go to the 1940 Census Games and Prizes page to register for the contest. If you have already worked on one of the simulation batches in the last 60 days, this is all you need to do - you'll be entered in the contest.

Next, download the FamilySearch indexing software, if you haven't already.

Then, complete just one (or both) of the 1940 US Census simulation indexing batches before 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Finally, submit your batch and your name is automatically entered into the drawing.  That's it!

You'll find that indexing a census is really quite easy!  There are lots of instructions and field helps available on the site to help you - be sure to read them!

The 1940 Census Project site has more information about the contest.

And, for your own research, read Thomas MacEntee's article at, "How to Prepare for the 1940 U.S. Census."

© Amanda Pape - 2012 - click here to e-mail me.

[Disclosure:  As part of Ambassador Program, this post enters me into a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire.]


  1. Awesome! The idea of creating the index gets my librarian instincts flowing! Are you going to help? Sound like a good project for Saturdays at the ref desk.

    1. Tracy, I'm definitely going to be helping with the indexing! Not sure I can justify working on it on ref desk Saturdays unless there is absolutely no work to do - and you know that almost never happens!