Sunday, August 5, 2012

1940 US Census Completely Indexed @

All 132 million individuals enumerated in the 1940 US Census images are now indexed and searchable by name at Congratulations to Ancestry. This monumental feat was accomplished in half the time I had expected it to take. Even if you do not have a paid Ancestry subscription, you may search these records free of charge -- at least until the end of 2013. Enjoy and learn about your family.

In addition to the all-name index, Ancestry has greatly improved the our viewing experience. A few of these enhancements are described below:

1. The names on the sheet are "typed out" as the indexer deciphered them. (see above arrow)
2. Abbreviated headings for each column are anchored and do not scroll out of sight. (see to right of arrow) 

3. An index of key information content can be viewed at the bottom of the screen by clicking  on the "Index" tab at the bottom of the screen. This feature can be hidden if you prefer not to see it. (see to right of arrow)

At this writing the consortium headed by FamilySearch has completed the indexing for about two-thirds of the states and territories and is nearing completing of many of the remaining areas. This project promises to provide free access perpetually.

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