We’re half way into our 4th week of indexing the 1940 US Census and we’re making excellent progress. As of April 24th we have the following statistics to report:
- So far 18.9% of the entire project has been completely indexed.
- We have 83,795 indexers and arbitrators working to index and arbitrate the census records.
- Five new states have been indexed and are being processed in preparation for posting on FamilySearch.org. They include: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Utah.
- The Delaware index has been posted on FamilySearch.org and is available searching.
- An additional eight states are 90% or more indexed. They include: Alaska (98%), Arizona (95%), Florida (93%), Idaho (99%), Nevada (99%), Vermont (92%), Virginia (99%), and Wyoming (98%). To see the status of each state, visit the FamilySearch.org/1940census page.
- A total of more than 26 million records have been indexed and arbitrated to date.
We continue to see new people signing up to be indexers and arbitrators. In the last 4 days we’ve added nearly 8,000 new indexers. That’s remarkable! With our numbers growing and with each of our indexers and arbitrators getting more experience under their belts, we are finding that each day we outperform the previous day’s work. This is great to see this kind of excitement. As we’ve said before, please tell your friends and neighbors about your indexing experiences. Show them how they can be involved.
There is one more thing we’d like to mention. We have an urgent need for more experienced indexers to serve as arbitrators. If you’ve accurately indexed thousands of records and have at least a 94% accuracy rate, then please consider becoming an arbitrator. If you have questions about what it means to be an arbitrator, please read the blog post titled, “Arbitration Frequently Asked Questions.”
Thank you for joining this effort to index the 1940 US Census. It’s good to see so many people enjoying themselves as they give of their time to help the entire community by indexing this valuable collection of American records.