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These are the slides you can use to explain to your local society about the 1940 US Census Indexing project. See also: …

These are the slides you can use to explain to your local society about the 1940 US Census Indexing project. See also:

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  • The 1940 U.S. Federal Census Community Project is an historic national service project to preserve and share the records of the “Greatest Generation” online.A community of volunteers will immediately start indexing the census records upon their release in April, and the Community Project Organizers will make them searchable online with free and open access.<Our Society Name> is participating in this monumental effort by indexing <Our State Name> records.By participating, our society can ensure our state’s records are indexed accurately – being local, we know <Our State Name> places and names better than anyone.
  • The 1940 U.S. Federal Census is the largest, most comprehensive, and most recent record set available that records the names of those who were living in the United States at the time the census was taken. 132 million people were living in the 48 Continental United States in 1940. Tens of millions of people living in the United States in 1940 are still living today, making this a record set that connects people with recent family records. Many individuals in the 1940 census are part of what has been called the Greatest Generation. These are individuals who: Survived the Great Depression Fought in the Second World War Innovated technology (TV, Microwave) Sacrificed in the name of freedom Practiced thrift and compassion Understood hard work and industry
  • The 1940 census included several standard questions, such as: name, age, gender, race, education, and place of birth. The census also introduced some new questions. Who in the household responded to the census questions. Whether the person worked for the CCC, WPA, or NYA the week of March 24-30, 1940. The income for the 12 months ending December 31, 1939. Other interesting questions were asked: Where people lived 5 years before Highest educational grade achieved Detailed income and occupation As part of the census, 5% of respondents (two names per page) were asked supplemental questions, which included the place of birth of the person's father and mother, the respondent's usual occupation (not just for the week of March 24-30). Questions related to marriage for all women who were or had been married. The enumerators asked women if they had been married more than once, the age at first marriage, and the total number of children to whom they had ever given birth.
  • Sign up to index with our society group: Go to the1940census.com/society Download the indexing software Launch the indexing software Register with a FamilySearch account Select our society name when creating your profileWorking together, we’ll make history in this monumental indexing effort!

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  • 2. 1940census.archives.gov
  • 3. 1940 U.S. Census Project• The 1940 U.S. Federal Census Community Project is a historic national service project to preserve and share the records of the “Greatest Generation” online.• A community of volunteers will immediately start indexing the 1940 census records upon their release in April 2012• Index – online & always free and open access.• Individuals & societies 4
  • 4. The Greatest Generation• The 1940 U.S. Federal Census is the largest, most comprehensive, and most recent record set documenting the 132 million people in the U.S. at that time.• Tens of millions of people living in the US in 1940 are still living today. 132 million people were living in the 48 Continental United States in 1940.• Many individuals in the 1940 census survived the Great Depression, fought in WWII, and sacrificed in the name of freedom. 5
  • 5. Rich & Unique Info• Standard questions: – Name, age, gender, race, education , and place of birth.• New questions: – Who in the household responded to the census? – Did the person work for the CCC, WPA, or NYA? – What was the person’s income for the 12 months ending December 31, 1939?• Other information: – Where people lived 5 years before – Highest educational grade achieved – Detailed income and occupation National Archives and Records Administration 6
  • 6. Start indexing today• Go to the1940census.com• Download the indexing software.• Launch the indexing software.• Register with a FamilySearch Account.Working together, we’ll make history! 7
  • 7. Mobile App 8
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  • 9. www.the1940Census.com