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1940 Census

The 72-year wait for the 1940 census is over...well, sort of. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has made history with the first-ever digital release of a United States Federal Census records collection. More than 3.6 million pages were scanned into high-resolution, digital format and are available online for browsing, by state and other geographic areas.

With as many as 40 names listed per side of each sheet, the task at hand now is to transcribe the names and corresponding data fields into an electronic database so that researchers can quickly find the image that correspondes to their family. Make no mistake — this is a HUGE job!

To give you an idea just how big a job, three of the genealogy industries leading organizations have partnered to form The 1940 Census U.S. Community Project. This national volunteer service project is believed to be the largest such project in the history of the Internet. The result will be a free, searchable online index.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project You can be part of history in the making! Perhaps you can even transcribe your own family as they appeared in the 1940 census. Click the badge at right or visit www.the1940census.com to register and learn more about this project.

This will be an exciting few days. Be sure to bookmark this site and check back for updates throughout the week as the excitement unfolds!

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