Monday, July 2, 2012
1940 Indexing Pace: Amazing!
The pace to finish indexing the 1940 US Census is phenonmenal and currently beyond anyones original thoughts as to its success!
The opportunity to be part of this community effort and others at hand is open to anyone and it has shown what we can all accomplish when we work together for a common goal.
The efforts of to bring this census online for free has surpassed all expectations. Currently there are over 137,000 volunteers with more individuals signing up daily. In a recent blog post, the FamilySearch CEO, Dennis Brimhall stated that "we now have more volunteers than lived in Albany, New York when the 1940 census was taken."
Some stats from his blog have already been surpassed as we have just had a big push this very weekend entitled "5 Million Record" day which was promoted all over through social media, word of mouth and various emails. This is their posts so far...
If this is any indication it will definitely be an awesome amount of indexing completed!
I know many have participated and it is definitely interesting to see so many from all over the world helping us out!
Some of the places were. Peru, Idaho, Texas, California, Philippines, Utah, Brazil, North Carolina, Illinois, Washington, DC, Virginia, Siberia, Florida, Delaware, Missouri, Kansas, New York, Oregon, Georgia, Argentina, Minisota, and so many more...
Tonight in Second Life they were having an in-world indexing party...at the 'Just Genealogy' firepit, they are an awesome and dedicated group of genealogists!
The end result of all this hard work will be shown as more and more states are released completely indexed!
As of June 29th there were 29 states that have searchable indexes:
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. Looking at the 'Overall Progress" chart it shows 78.03 % which is truely amazing!
According to their Facebook page they will publish the full totals tomorrow and perhaps release more completed states...
Regardless of the numbers, a major THANKS to all who particiated and made this possible ... together we can always accomplish so much more...to those who want to join in the fun, go to The1940Census and click on 'Get Started'.
The genealogical community is truely amazing!