Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Become a 1940 Census Ambassador - or Indexing Volunteer!

The countdown to the release of the 1940 census has begun! On April 2, 2012, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will provide public access to the images of the 1940 United States Federal Census. This is the first time that the images of the 1940 census will be made available as free digital images.

Upon its release, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between Archives.com, FamilySearch, findmypast.com and other leading genealogy organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access.

You can help make history! You can sign up to be an indexing volunteer and designate the volunteer group you wish to be affiliated with - if you have one. The next step is to download the indexing software. And get started making the index available free and to the public!

Genealogy bloggers can also play a role by becoming a 1940 Blog Ambassador! You can sign up, as I have, and you can get badges for your site or blog. There is exclusive content, blog post and contest ideas, blogger events, project updates and more. I can't think of a better way to spread the word and be a part of this community to help make the index of these images available to the public as quickly as possible.

Genealogists are a generous and giving group of people. Show your support by becoming an indexing volunteer and/or Ambassador today!

Let us know your intent to participate. Please leave a comment below if you will be joining the 1940 Census community!

content adapted from the1940census.com

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