It is truly impressive to see the coordination that is taking place among the thousands of volunteers who are making the 1940 US Census project come together. There is a great working relationship that has been created between the partners in this project. These partners include the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), FamilySearch.org, Archives.com, findmypast.com, and other leading genealogy organizations.
The indexes that will come from this combined indexing effort will provide unprecedented access to names and personal information of people living in the United States in the 1940s. Some of this information may only be found within this census collection.
The statistics for this project are truly impressive. After only the first week:
- More than 113,000 volunteers are working to index and arbitrate
- More than 12.3 million names have been indexed.
- More than 5.3 million names have been arbitrated.
- Total number of names indexed and arbitrated is 17,720,076.
- 16 states have been posted for indexing.
- 4 states are 75% or more complete
- 1 state (Delaware) has been completely indexed and is ready for posting.
These statistics reflect the excitement that is being generated and shared by those who are involved in this indexing effort. This coming week looks like it’s going to be even better than last week. The momentum is building and great things are happening. It’s great to see what can happen when so many people work together to make a great project come to pass. To get involved in indexing the 1940 US Census, visit Indexing.familysearch.org.