Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Six States Indexed, and Free!


First Set of High-Quality, Easy-to-Search Records Now Available to the Public Thanks to Efforts of Volunteer Indexers

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 9, 2012) – The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project announced today the availability of a free, searchable index of 1940 U.S. census records for six U.S. states, including Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire. Records for these states are now searchable by name, location and family relations thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide.

“For the past month, Community Project partners have worked to establish the first free, searchable database of 1940 U.S. census records made possible entirely through the hard work of volunteers,” said Josh Taylor, spokesperson for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. “We’re proud to bring easily searchable 1940 U.S. census records for Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire online for people to learn about their ancestors and life and times in these states more than 72 years ago.”

Since April 2, Community Project volunteers have indexed more than 45 million records and this number continues to grow quickly as more than 10,000 volunteers sign up each week. Those interested in lending a hand can learn more and sign up to be an official 1940 U.S. census volunteer indexer at the 1940 census website ( The project will release searchable records for individual states on an ongoing basis with an aim to make the entire 1940 U.S. census searchable by the end of 2012.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a joint initiative between the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)Archives.comFamilySearch.orgfindmypast.comProQuest and other leading genealogy organizations. Thanks to advancements in technology and to volunteers nationwide, Project partners and volunteers can lend a voice to countless untold stories of their ancestors living, working and persevering as the “Greatest Generation.”

“When you index U.S. census records, what you’re essentially doing is stepping back in time and walking in the shoes of the enumerator some 72 years prior,” said Megan Smolenyak, spokesperson for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. “The indexing experience is much like walking down a street, ringing doorbells and learning about a specific neighborhood in 1940. Only now, volunteers can explore these fascinating records from the comfort of our own homes.”

To learn more about the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project and to track real-time progress of volunteer indexing efforts, visit

About the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project (
The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a web-based, national service project with the goal of creating as soon as possible a free, high quality online index linked to the complete set of census images. The index will allow the public to easily search every person found in the census and view digital images of the original census pages. The collection will be available online for free to the general public at, and by through public libraries. All of these organizations arerespective website sponsors of the community project.,, and ProQuest will make substantial financial contributions to make the 1940 U.S. census online name index possible and will work with the nonprofit organization FamilySearch to bring additional new historic records collections online—making even more highly valued family history resources available to the entire genealogical community.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What Are Your Priorities?

I don't mean to neglect my blog, really I don't. I have no idea where the time goes anymore. I can not remember the last time I worked on my "personal" genealogy. I am still need to bring my tree to order in my Family Tree for Macs program. Life just seems to keep getting in the way!

My husband says I do not know how to say "no" to anyone. I have a friend who has harped this to me also. I know they are both correct. The past week I have been trying to visualize what I can eliminate in my life, and right now I do not see an option. My husband says I love being like this and thrive on it.

I think my "thrive" is diminishing fast actually. I am looking forward to Jamboree and vacation if for no other reason than to rejuvenate myself to get through the rest of the year.

Don't get me wrong. I love everything I do. I just want to do it all... and NOW! 

So what am I doing?


  1. I am VP/Programs for my local society. 
  2. I am a 1940 census index administrator. 
  3. I have being working on indexing as much as I can when I can. (I love it! I find it very relaxing.)
  4. I am taking classes with the National Institute of Genealogy Studies. (I am behind-and needed to spread my classes out considerably. I am still in the "Basic" section, but only have 3 more classes after this one to complete this section.)
  5. I am in a SIG-"Writing Group" with my local society. It meets once a month and helps me to get some of my stories and information written down.
  6. I joined a book club. The book this month is "In the Territory of Lies."
  7. I have two blogs, neither getting much attention. I had a third but have completely given it up, yes I know, most of you were totally unaware of that one!
  8. Listen to Webinars, Podcasts, and Blog Talk Radio when I can. I can't listen live much anymore but I do try to catch those that really interest me.
  9. A month or so ago I finally purchased Amy Coffin's Big Genealogy Blog Book, I know better late than never. I just went went and turned on my Nook to actually make sure it was there as I hadn't even checked to make sure it was. NICE, it is there! Will be reading this too.
  1. I care for my two grandchildren, 5 and 3 years old, at least two days a week.
  2. I support, attend and sometimes transport the grandchildren to their activities, practices, games and performances with soccer, baseball, and dance, etc.
  3. I support my daughters yoga classes she teaches, at least twice a week, one of them being 45 minutes to another town.
  4. I take or attend my grandson's field trips with his school. In a couple of days we are going on "The Great Train Ride." Next month it is to the Jelly Belly Factory, although I am not sure we will make that one as we will all be away for a wedding.
  5. I help my daughter with getting the kids pictures taken, her yoga website, shopping, cooking and planning for all the weddings she has been in and planned parties for. In the last couple years or so, there have been at least three weddings she has been maid of honor for. Bridal showers, bachelorette parties, they have sure gotten expensive and expansive...I am amazed at how she affords all of this.
  6. Play golf, fish, or whatever it takes once in awhile to spend some time with the hubby.
  7. Plus all the normal holidays, birthdays, weddings, showers, funerals, vacations, special events, etc. that comes in everyones lives.
Work Related
  1. I work approximately 4 hours a week at the local yoga studio, front desk.
  2. My Home Doggie Care ~ I started helping someone out and enjoyed it. Because our dog is old and we don't want another pet of our own at this time, I find I enjoy helping other people out and giving the dogs a place to go on vacation also! This way I can have them when I am home and not worry about care for my own dog if we go away. It also gives me a little spending money. Here I need to decide how busy I want to be though and if I really want a full fledged business or not, word of mouth has really gotten around!
  1. I won't get into all the crafts I do, and especially since I don't have a lot of time for them anyway. Let's just say I have ventured into a new craft, jewelry making. It has moved from jewelry making to mostly beading. I have been learning bead embroidery stitches, and have made some bracelets and things for gifts and as learning projects. Really enjoying building supplies for this new hobby and attending bead stores and shows.
  2. Photos - I take lots of them. Some of the grandchildren, the events I attend and the dogs who vacation with us. I usually need to share my photos with others, so this is another project to keep in order. I enjoy making photo books and books from this blog. Another project I want to complete is a book of our Mediterranean Cruise. I have tons of photos and would like to choose the best from each country and highlight them in a book of our trip.
  3. Of course, I TRY to stay caught up with all of the social media too.
I have two separate calendars and a dry erase board to help me keep track of my every day events. I also depend on my daughter and husband to fill me in where I forget things. For a retired person, I think I am doing something wrong. I didn't know I would be so busy. I did know I didn't have time to work, but I didn't know how expansive my desires were. I love everything I am doing. It just means I will blog when I can. I would like to share some pictures of the projects I have been making here and there, so maybe you will see a few of those in the near future.

Gee, where are my daughter and husband? I know I have forgotten something else I do....

Writing this blog post has been interesting as I have now realized there are a few things I apparently and unintentionally have given up...these quickly come to mind....
  1. I have realized I haven't been reading anyone else's has been probably 6-8 weeks or so since I have even opened Google Reader.  
  2. I also just realized I haven't been on Twitter hardly at all. 
  3. I think I have forgotten what Google plus even is... 
Really have to work on these priorities....I miss reading others blog posts....

Cleaning, shopping and cooking???? My poor husband, he doesn't know what happened to his household! I had better sign off before I think of anything else. Need to go give the grandkids a bath. :-)

What are your priorities?

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved