The census is coming! The census is coming! To be exact, the 1940 census will be released in 14 days, at 9 a.m. April 2 at 1940census.archives.gov.
We’ve gone over how to pinpoint your ancestors’ 1940 census enumeration district(s) so you can zero in on their record.
Now, as a public service announcement to genealogists, we’re carrying this important guest blog post from a noted expert in genealogical medicine regarding the 1940 census and avoiding research-related injury. Take it away, doctor:
Hello, I’m Dr. I.M. Enumerator, N.O.T.M.D.
Significant clicking, scrolling and dragging will likely be required when you look for your ancestors in the 1940 census.
And unfortunately, too much mousing can lead to a painful condition called 1940 Census Clicker’s Wrist.
Because the 1940 records constitute the first digital census release, we doctors aren’t sure what to expect. But those of us familiar with the condition’s close relative, 1930 Census Scroller’s Elbow, believe it could cause a sore wrist and forearm, stiff “trigger finger” and inability to uncurl the fingers from a computer mouse.
Uncontrolled, 1940 Census Clicker’s Wrist could sideline your census search and require professional extraction of the mouse.
But there’s no need to suffer. You can avoid the problem if you start this simple, three-step census training program now.**
2. Follow with three minutes of stretching.
For optimal census searching speed and performance, remember to taper your training program during the last few days before Census Release Day.
If 1940 Census Clicker’s Wrist should strike you, stop mousing immediately and apply ice.
Don’t let 1940 Census Clicker’s Wrist stall your search for ancestors. Start your training program today!
**Consult your physician before beginning any census training program.
Thank you to the doctor for this crucial information. Next, we’ll talk about important supplies to stock up on so you’ll be ready on Census Day.