Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
|In Colorado, left to right: My sister Sally; me (note the charming eyewear); Susie; Susie's mother, Sally; my mother and father. Standing in front: Susie's sister Cindy and my sister Jenny. Susie's father was the photographer.|
Note: This post was originially written for the Family Tree Firsts blog. You can find it here.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Was last week exciting or what? Like Christmas morning for genealogists! So far, with the help of Steve Morse, I've found my parents and most of my grandparents and great grandparents (that were still living in 1940) in the newly released census. No famous people in my tree yet but over on the 1940 Census blog they have found Jimmy Hoffa!
I still have people to find but now its time to switch gears. As much as I love Steve Morse and the National Archives, I don't want to be dependent on them forever. What I need is an index. I guess I could wait until the big subscription sites get around to it but I absolutely HATE waiting on someone else's schedule. So instead I've volunteered to help with the indexing myself. Luckily for me, Oklahoma is one of the states ready for indexing so I get to work on my home state. Since I've lived in Oklahoma my entire life, I'm hopefully more familiar with some of the unusual Indian place names which is helpful when you are trying to decipher an enumerators handwriting! Anyway, the indexing process is much easier than I thought it would be and is actually kind of fun. Check out the posts on the 1940 blog. There are several posts about indexing including training videos and links for signing up. You can subscribe to their RSS feed too for the latest updates. I would love to hear how you're doing...leave a comment on the 1940 blog (or here) or send out a tweet!
Maybe you won't find Jimmy Hoffa but who knows who's lurking in those pages?
Disclosure: As part of the1940census.com ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for prizes.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
If you'd like to give it a try, click here:
1940 Census Family Sheet
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
This evening I downloaded my first batch of indexing from FamilySearch. They uploaded the Oklahoma images today so I got to start with my home state...Adair County. I don't have any family in that county but the very first name on the page was Virginia (coincidentally, my mother's first name) and I took that as a good sign! The indexing itself was very easy to do and a lot less complicated than I had anticipated. If you haven't volunteered for the indexing project yet, take yourself over to https://the1940census.com and sign up.