Today we’ve added 4 new searchable state indexes on the FamilySearch website. These states include: Alabama, Indiana, Maine and North Dakota. These states are now fully indexed and searchable. This brings the total number of searchable states up to 24. We have nearly reached the midpoint in the creation of a completely searchable index. Great job folks!
We have indexed more than 68% of the census to date. The momentum is still going strong. You indexers and arbitrators are not missing a beat as we move from completing one state and moving on to another. This is remarkable. I hear comments from people all over the country voicing their amazement about how much this group of volunteers are accomplishing in so little time. We know that there are challenges you face as you index difficult to read records and deal with differences of interpretation from time to time. But we hear amazingly few complaints and see a commitment level that is truly remarkable. Kudos to each of you!
Below are the latest statistics for the project. They continue to be very encouraging.
- 95,941,918 names have been indexed and arbitrated.
- 24 states have searchable indexes on FamilySearch.org. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.
- 7 additional states are 100% indexed and arbitrated and are in the final stage of preparation for posting.
- 3 additional states are 80% or more indexed and arbitrated. To see the status of each state visit the 1940 US Census state-by-state progress map on the FamilySearch website.
- 137,569 indexers have signed up to index the 1940 US Census.
We are still averaging nearly 1,000 new indexers signing on each day to help index these census records. That pace has stayed consistent for the past month and a half and hasn’t slowed down, even after passing the half way point two weeks ago. So, the excitement is still there and very much alive.
Thanks again for all your help. Your folks are great.