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Ancestry.com Adds Six More Searchable States to the 1940 US Census

from Dick Eastman

According to a note from Ancestry.com, the company will release six more fully indexed and searchable states to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census collection at midnight tonight (June 28). One problem: I am not sure what time zone “midnight” will be. I  suspect it will be midnight Mountain Daylight Savings Time but am not certain.

The six new states include (with corresponding record counts):

Pennsylvania – 9,900,180
Ohio – 6,907,612
Tennessee – 2,915,841
Virginia – 2,677,773
Colorado – 1,123,296
Vermont – 359,231

These states will join the collection with four other searchable states and Washington D.C. (ME, NV, DE, NY). These ten states (and D.C.) make up more than 39 million records of the 132 million total records to be completed later this year.  These records remain searchable for free through 2013 at Ancestry.com/1940.

1940 Census Project Indexing is now 75-Percent Complete

from Dick Eastman

A report Friday by Dennis Brimhall, CEO of Family Search, said the volunteers indexing the 1940 U S Federal Census are well ahead of schedule. More than 137,000 volunteers are creating the indexes, with that number growing by nearly 1,000 indexers a day.

At last report:

  • 105,522,592 names have been indexed and arbitrated.
  • 29 states have searchable indexes on FamilySearch.org. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
  • 2 additional states are 100% indexed and arbitrated and are in the final stage of preparation for posting.
  • 6 additional states are 75% or more indexed and arbitrated. To see the status of each state visit the 1940 US Census state-by-state progress map on the FamilySearch website.
  • The 1940 US Census is 75% indexed and arbitrated.
  • 143,086 indexers have signed up to index the 1940 US Census.

This is believed to be one of the biggest of “crowdsourcing” (the industry buzzword for the “many hands makes light work” philosophy) projects on the Internet.

To learn more about Worldwide Records Indexing or to contribute whatever time you can offer, go to https://familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing.

Supersearch from myheritage.com

PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – June 25, 2012: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced the official launch of SuperSearch, a powerful new family history search engine for helping families around the world discover historical records and long-lost relatives. Packed with the industry’s most international source of historical content and family trees, SuperSearch (www.myheritage.com/research) is capable of searching billions of records within seconds. With a simple and contemporary user experience, clever search features, a massive library of content including one billion global family tree profiles, the world’s largest collection of historical newspapers, and flexible pay-as-you-go or subscription payment options, SuperSearch raises the bar and provides new value and choice for family history fans.

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