Are you anxious to see the 1940 US Census images available on April 2, 2012? Do you have Springfield relatives and ancestors that you can hardly wait to locate on the census? As a Springfield family history and genealogy researcher, have you volunteered to index some parts of the 1940 US Census? Lots of my colleagues and friends are already indexing to get ready and even more are blogging about their plans and aspirations.
I’ve held off writing more until today, when I read Kimberly Powell’s article, “How to Find Granddad in the 1940 U. S. Census.” We each by now know that there will not be a searchable index of the 1940 Census when the images are first released on April 2, 2012. It will take time for the indexing to be done, and it will not be started until that date. What to do? Even though “I’m in it!” as the commercials say, that also means I’m 72, going on 73 – I now have more patience than I did a few years ago. I expect to just wait for the “rush to pass by” and the indexes become available.
Most of you don’t have that patience (and, maybe I won’t either, when the time comes!). If not, then Kimberly’s article will give you a head start by helping you locate the Enumeration Districts you need to know to get to the first images you want to see. Thanks to Morse and Weintraub for the tools for this part of the search. Follow the discussion, and you can use up some of that pent up desire.
On a lighter note, I must share Randy Seaver’s two posts (first linked in this link), today, where he tried another approach to getting ready for the April 2 start date. He is so open with his sharing, I just love him. Enjoy the read. ;-) What are your plans? I look forward to your comments.
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