It's getting real close to the time when we will be able to work on this census and enjoy the results!
To prepare for this great event, the challenge was issued through the "Weekly Contest of March 19" and the contest was extended to be the same length as the main blog contest (it runs through March 30) and just give away more prizes! The original contest was entitled The 1940 Main Blog Indexing Practice Contest.
With this in mind I downloaded the software and did the "Simulation Batch" for the 1940 US Census. The process was a little bumpy at first but I was able to complete it once I figured out what I was doing!
The beginning process wasn't that difficult. One must start with downloading the software and installing it onto your device, whether it is a PC, MAC, or tablet of some kind. Once installed you will need to log-in with an LDS account if you already have one or "Register for a New Account".
Once you are logged in, you have to look for the correct file and notice the directions. To do that, go to the "Download Batch" button in the upper right hand corner and click it. It will open up another menu box and you need to check the box that says "Show All Projects" to locate the "1940 Simulation Batch". Scroll to the beginning of the list.
Click on one of the two files and click on "OK" and it will download. Once downloaded you are ready to begin! You can enter in the 'header' information right away and move on the the data on each line. There is a blue color over the area you are copying into the form which is simular to an excel spread sheet.
If the lines are blank, you hit 'control, shift + B" to finish off a page. Once done you go to File and Submit. It doesn't take long and there are a few nuisances. Like you need to follow the directions and where is says "Same House" put that. Note at the top of the page it tells you where that particular page is from.
It didn't take long to go through it and I highly recommend that you give it a try! Be sure to visit the 1940 Census Project Page to keep up with the latest information!
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