We’ve gotten a few 1940 census-related press releases today:
- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced the official release of the census at 1940Census.Archives.gov, which took place after a ceremony at the archives’ Washington, DC., location. The 3.9 million images constitute the largest collection of digital information NARA has ever released.
NARA also announced it has “joined a consortium of groups to create a name-based index.” That’s the 1940 Census Community Project, led by FamilySearch and two commercial organizations, Archives.com (which designed NARA’s 1940 census website) and brightsolid. Interesting. At least two other commercial entitiesAncestry.com and MyHeritageare creating their own census databases which also will be free (at least through 2013) and will compete with the FamilySearch/Archives.com/brightsolid version.
- The 1940 Census Community Project put out another call today for volunteers to help create a free index to the 1940 census. This index will become searchable on FamilySearch, Archives.com and FindMyPast.com (owned by brightsolid). Go to the1940Census.com to participate.
- The 1940 census is of intense interest to people besides genealogists. Ancestry.com will work with the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota to make data from the 1940 census available to the scientific community. This research databaseseparate from the one genealogists will search to find their ancestorswill include all of the information collected on the 132 million Americans recorded in the 1940 census.
Scientific researchers will be able to link recent economic and health surveys and mortality records to the 1940 database. This will allow researchers to study the impact of early life conditions, including socioeconomic status, parental education, and family structure, on later health and mortality. In addition to individual and family information, the database will provide contextual information on childhood neighborhood characteristics, labor-market conditions, and environmental conditions.