Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm a 1940 US Census Ambassador


I didn't think it was possible to get any more excited about the 1940 census than I already was.  Then I signed up to be a 1940 U.S. Census Ambassador, and I was accepted!  I got the email on my phone today while I was at work and let out a "woo hoo!"  Of course, my co-worker looked at me like I had two heads (again), so I had to tell her what all the hoopla was about.  She had no idea that the census was being released on April 2.

This made me realize that there are SO many non-genealogists out there who not only have no idea that the census is being released in 33 days, but also don't know that they can be a critical part of ensuring that we tell the stories of the Greatest Generation and creating a valuable family history resource for roots-seekers all over the world!

So I will be doing my part to get the word out -- to genealogists and non-genealogists alike -- and encourage them to join the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project.  Even though there are 132 million people on the 1940 census (the largest U.S. federal census yet to be released), I have a feeling we're going to break some records getting this one indexed.  Who's with me??

How can you help?  If you're a blogger, you can also become a 1940 U.S. Census Ambassador and help us spread the word.  Blogger or not, everyone can help by volunteering to help index the 1940 census.  It's easy!  You just download the indexing software, type what you see, and voila! you're part of history.  Are you member of a church or civic group, genealogical society, or any other group?  Get your group to sign up together and help preserve and share the census records of the Greatest Generation!

Do we share any ancestors?
Please email me at lostancestors [at] gmail [dot] com


Debi Austen said...

I was just accepted as an ambassador, too!

Jenny Lanctot said...

Congrats, Debi! The more the merrier!

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