Success Stories: The 1940 U.S. Federal Census Update
We’re halfway into our fourth week of indexing the 1940 U.S. census, and we’re making excellent progress. As of April 24, we have the following statistics to report:
- So far, 18.9 percent 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 for searching.
- An additional eight states are 90 percent or more indexed. They include Alaska (98 percent), Arizona (95 percent), Florida (93 percent), Idaho (99 percent), Nevada (99 percent), Vermont (92 percent), Virginia (99 percent), and Wyoming (98 percent). To see the status of each state, visit the FamilySearch.org/1940census page.
- A total of more than 26 million records for the project have been indexed and arbitrated to date.
We continue to see new people signing up to be indexers and arbitrators. In the last four 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 for the work. 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 2,000 records and have at least a 94 percent 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 U.S. 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.