Did you know that at this very moment, members of the Illinois State Genealogical Society are busy indexing the 1940 Census images which were released to the public on April 2, 2012? You can join in this volunteer effort to produce a searchable index which will be freely accessible to the genealogical community and the public. Here's how:
- Visit the 1940 Census Community Project site here to download the indexing software, create a FamilySearch account and then get started with your first batch of Illinois images. Learn more at this recent ISGS blog post.
- FamilySearch has produced a series of training videos at https://the1940census.com/video-training/ to help you understand how indexing works.
- PLEASE make sure that when you set up the indexing software you select Illinois State Genealogical Society as your affiliated group. FamilySearch has set up incentives and prizes for genealogy societies who index the most images - so make sure your indexing efforts get credited to ISGS! See this video to learn more.
- Stay on top of the latest 1940 Census Indexing news by following the 1940 Census blog at https://the1940census.com/blog/. Visit the blog daily for new information and updates. Also, make sure you add the blog to your Google Reader or place it in your bookmarks/favorites in your web browser.
Visit the FamilySearch 1940 Census Indexing map here to see a map of the progress so far. As of today, only 2% of the images for Illinois are indexed and we have a long way to go. But with your help, we can make sure that all Illinois 1940 Census images are searchable.
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