Tuesday, February 21, 2012

1940 U. S. Census - Are You Ready?

Only 41 more days until the release of the 1940 census!  Are you ready?

The National Archives and Records Administration just released the website where the 1940 U. S. Census will appear on April 2, 2012.  The census will be available for free on the website below.  Be sure to bookmark the site so that you can find it on April 2.

1940 U. S. Census website: http://1940census.archives.gov/

The census will not be indexed on the release date.  You will have to know the Enumeration District (ED) for a person to be able to find him in the 1940 census until it has been indexed.  If you know the person's address, you can find the ED for many large cities on Steve Morse's website here:  http://stevemorse.org/census/index.html?year=1940.  Many City Directories can be found in local libraries to help you find addresses of people in 1940.

FamilySearch indexers will begin indexing the 1940 census as soon as it is released.  If you would like to help with the indexing, sign up on the FamilySearch site at  https://www.familysearch.org/1940census.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Help Save Access to the SSDI

Your help is needed to keep the SSDI accessible to genealogists and businesses.  A joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies has put together a list of ways you can help.  Visit their web page on the FGS site at:
http://www.fgs.org/rpac/sddi-call-to-action-kit/ to see what you can do to help preserve access to the SSDI.