The 1940 census images will be hosted on Archives.gov, the National Archives website. Archives has been awarded the digitization contract for these images.
Indexing will begin as soon as the records are released online April 2. Each page will be indexed twice, with a third arbitrator to resolve difference in the two indexes.
FamilySearch is making upgrades and doing “test loading” to make sure its site can handle the extra traffic the indexing project will generate.
Chris Van Der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid (the British parent company of FindMyPast.com), described the 1940 project as “one of the most exciting crowdsourced projects on the internet.” A video commercial to be released on YouTube will bill it as a “national service project” and genealogical societies will receive incentives for galvanizing members to index.
Part of the funding provided by brightsolid and Archives.com will be dedicated to producing other free digital collections. The idea is that money that might otherwise be used to build competing census collections will now go to creating access to material that’s not already online. It’s “putting money into the community that would otherwise be duplicated,” says John Spottiswood of Archives.com.
To volunteer for 1940 census indexing, sign up on the 1940 Community Census Project website.
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