RootsPoint.com to Provide Searchable Database of 1940 Census

RootsPoint.com to Provide Searchable Database of 1940 Census

Henderson, Nevada-based RootsPoint.com announced it's now indexing the records to provide a searchable database and census images to both companies and individuals. The census images are being added at www.rootspoint.com (I don't see any there yet), and the indexed database will be updated as data entry is...

Henderson, Nevada-based RootsPoint.com announced it’s now indexing the records to provide a searchable database and census images to both companies and individuals.

The census images are being added at www.rootspoint.com (I don’t see any there yet), and the indexed database will be updated as data entry is completed beginning this week.

You’ll be able to search basic fields for free, but you’ll need a subscription to run advanced searches. Subscriptions range from 24 hours in length to one year.

RootsPoint.com will license the indexed data, along with the images, to genealogy companies and other interested groups.

The press release claims RootsPoint “has a 15-year track record of delivering a high level of completion and accuracy across many different censuses with a detailed quality control process to make sure records that have faded or have poor legibility are not skipped or misrecorded.”

RootsPoint’s parent company is Intelligent Image Management Inc. (IIMI). “Indexes from other census work from RootsPoint.com have been independently tested and determined to have among the highest quality ratings in the industry with an accuracy of 99 percent.” says IIMI president Upal Rahman.

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  1. Web of Trust (WOT) says this site has a poor reputation, and McAfee SiteAdvisor "found potential suspicious behavior on this site which may pose a security risk." Here is the WhoIs record:

    Registrant:
    Digital Architects Ltd.
    Kisan Group. 46 Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave.
    2nd Floor. Kawran Bazar.
    Dhaka,
    BG
    upal@hotmail.com

    The domain was just registered on 18 Mar 2012. Looks extremely suspicious; I recommend not going there.

  2. Thanks, Keith. I didn’t think that a reputable publication like Family Tree Magazine would indiscriminately publish press releases of questionable merit, but I guess they do.

  3. As president of IIMI, parent company of RootsPoint.com I wanted to provide some clarification. RootsPoint.com shares in the excitement for the rich data that is being made available from this Census. RootsPoint.com itself is a new site, as noted here, that has been developed specifically for the 1940 U.S. Census. But IIMI, the company behind it, has been indexing census data for 15 years for leading genealogy companies. Many of those relationships are under NDA but you can see some of the details of a public project on the UK Census we did with FamilySearch, findmypast.com and The Origins Network a few years ago at http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Home/News/frameset_news.asp?PAGE=Press/2008-7-21_England_Wales_Census_Indexes.asp.

    We have a dedicated team working hard on preparing the images and doing the indexing so that the information can be available on the site shortly.

    -Upal Rahman