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1940 Census Indexing, ISGS Helps With 5 Million Goal

The Illinois State Genealogical Society group for FamilySearch Indexing keeps on truckin’ during the month of June, keying over 81,000 records and arbitrating over 10,000.  To date, we’ve indexed over 280,000 records!  Way to go everyone!

And, on July 2, FamilySearch set a goal to index/arbitrate 5 million records within a 24-hour period.  Not only was the initial goal of 5 million reached in less than 16 hours, but it was surpassed.  Over 7.2 million records were indexed and over 3 million were arbitrated, for a total of 10,340,879.  That’s amazing!  The ISGS group generously contributed to the goal by indexing over 17,000 records and arbitrating over 1,600.  A special thanks to our top contributors on July 2:  Pamela H., Arlene J., Julie T., and Cheryl W.

Illinois is currently 53% complete—that’s a 22% increase from our last status update in early June.  The project overall is about 81% complete and we are nearing the finish line.  This is a huge accomplishment in just three short months.  The following states are completely indexed and can be searched on the 1940 Census page on the FamilySearch website:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

The following states are nearing completion:

  • District of Columbia
  • Arkansas
  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Every little bit helps, so even if you can only index a page or two, please consider signing up to index.  Be sure to select “Illinois State Genealogical Society” as your affiliated group when you sign up.  If you are already an indexer and are not affiliated with the Illinois State Genealogical Society group, you can update your indexing profile by following the instructions in our blog post How To Change Your Affiliated Group in FamilySearch Indexing.

Keep up the GREAT work!!