As a family researcher/genealogist, unless you have had your head in the sand for the last year or so, you know what April 2, 2012 means!
1940 CENSUS RELEASE!!
Yep, here it comes, ready or not!
I am happy to announce that I have become an Ambassador for the 1940 census indexing project.
Now comes the confession:
I have never indexed one thing at FamilySearch, or anywhere else online. I have not joined in the fun or the projects till now. My excuse, err, reason, I have been too busy. Blame it on THE Trip, blogging, Man, fur kids, family, my volunteer work for our local genie society, need for sleep, need for meals, the Demon and limited amounts of energy and time. (That's my story and I am stickin' to it!) Blame it on a lot of things, simple truth, I have just not made the time in my life for indexing on line. I appreciate all that have, they bring us wonderful stuff over at FamilySearch.org. My research would be seriously lacking without all the dedication and hours volunteer indexers have donated. I thank them daily!
I have not done ONE single thing to prepare for the 1940 census. I have not contemplated one person I would love to go hunting up, other than the obvious, my parents and grandparents, and great grandparents. I blame it on the same issues as mentioned above, time and energy. This fact alone makes me realize just how much I NEED the indexing to be done. Really need it!
I do not like learning curve, OK, I HATE learning curve. So, this is where I am going to start, Getting Started - Make History. (If you have not signed up yet, this is where you do that. Come on, click in!)
OK, that is ENOUGH confessions for one day. Now, is time for the pep talk:
Join me! Help index the 1940 census. If we all jump in and do some, it can be done in record time. Really! I will thank you all time and time again when I can find my ancestors in those big cities like Norfolk Virginia where my daddy was living then. I don't want to do a page by page browse search for him. HELP ME!! Sign up and index!
* I really need this to be done in record time, because selfishly, I don't want to still be indexing after November 1, 2012, cause Man and I are planning a followup to THE Trip, and then I really won't have the time! Please help me be ready for THE Trip THE Encore - - oh, oh, think I just named it!
** Oh, and guess what, you don't even have to be a family research enthusiast to do this indexing, all you need is the desire to help me get this done!
*** The disclaimer stuff: No one paid me anything to join the indexing effort, to use or not to use any of the sites I am mentioning. The key word here is VOLUNTEER! The monetary pay for volunteers is non-existent, the payback in satisfaction and self worth garnered from the time and effort used to volunteer, PRICELESS.