Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Census Fun!


Joining in on Randy Seaver's fun while the grandchildren play! Randy says: Hey genea-census-holics... it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!! Your mission, should you decide to accept it (come on, you know that you want to!), is to:



1)  Pick one of the persons from your ancestry who should be in the 1940 United States Census.
2)  Using the column headings below (from 1940 United States Census Questions), predict what the entries will be in each column.
3)  Share your predictions on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or a Google Plus post.

I chose my great grandfather Joseph Fleming and my answers will be in Blue. Some of these I don't even have a good guess, but it was a fun little project!

*  State:  Oklahoma
*  Populated Place: Yale
*  Ward of City:  ???
*  County:  Payne
*  Township or other division of county: Yale
*  Block Nos.:  ???
*  Enumeration District:  60-34

1.  Location - street, avenue or road:  Boston St.
2.  Location - house number:  523 
3.  Number of household:  ???
4.  Home owned or rented:  O 
5.  Value of home (if owned) or monthly rental (if rented): more than $1,000 
6.  Does this household live on a farm?  No
7.  Name of person:  Joe. J. Fleming
8.  Relationship of this person to head of household:  Head of Household
9.  Sex:  Male
10.  Color or Race:  White
11.  Age at last birthday:  64
12.  Marital Status:  Married 
13.  Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940:  No
14.  Highest grade of school completed:  ?
15.  Place of birth:  Kansas
16.  Citizenship of foreign born: Citizen
17.  Residence on 1 April, 1935 - City or town:  Yale
18.  Residence on 1 April, 1935 - County: Payne
19.  Residence on 1 April, 1935 - State or foreign country: Ok
20.  On a farm?  No
21.  Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov't. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): Yes
22:  If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No
23. If neither at work nor assigned to public emergency work. ("No" in Cols. 21 and 22), Was this person SEEKING WORK (Yes or No):  No
24. If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No):  Yes
25. Indicate whether engaged in home house-work (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): [blank]
26. Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 40
27. If seeking work or assigned to public emergency work. ("Yes" in Col. 22 or 23); Duration of unemployment up to March 30, 1940 - in weeks:  0
28.  Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as frame spinner, salesman, rivet heater ,music teacher:  Fireman
29. Industry: Industry or business, as cotton mill, retail grocery, farm, shipyard, public school:[blank]
30. Class of worker: [blank]
31. Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52
32.  Income in 1939 (12 months ended December 31, 1939): Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions):  ?
33. Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary (Yes or No): No
34.  Number of farm schedule: [blank]



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1940 Census Free on Ancestry Dot Com



Sharing news I received from Ancestry!


The National Archives and Records Administration will open the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2, 2012—the first time this collection will be made available to the public. Once we receive the census, we will begin uploading census images to our site so the public can browse them. Initially, this collection will be what we call a browse-only collection. This means a person can scroll through the pages of the census districts much like you would look at a microfilm or a book. At the same time, we will be working behind the scenes to create an index of the census that will eventually allow people to search for their family members by name as they currently can with all other censuses onAncestry.com. Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on Ancestry.com.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Archives Dot Com Published This Great 1940 Infographic!

Can you believe it? A few short days and the 1940 Census will be released! Archives dot com, (who has been teamed up with the National Archives) will be hosting the 1940 Census. Archives dot com prepared this wonderful infographic which just may help you in finding those relatives you will be searching for when the Census is released on April 2nd. You can use this link for access to those records ~  

1940 census archives.com


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Mediterranean Cruise ~ Pisa, Italy ~ Part 11

It is Sunday, September 18, 2011. We docked in Livorno, Italy about seven in the morning. The forecast was for a cloudy 80 degree day. We exited the ship and found there were vans parked at the dock, looking for cruisers who may need a ride. We spoke with a driver and found if eight people rented a van the price was very reasonable for the WHOLE day. 

Since there were four of us already we only needed to find four more people. That didn't take long! As luck would have it there were four young ladies looking for a cab also. We had a lot of fun with these girls. I was impressed these young girls found the ways and means to enjoy a cruise such as this.

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa, Italy. Photo taken September 18, 2011 by Cheryl Palmer.

Our first stop was to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Here is a close up, taken from the bottom of the tower. 

Now, a close up of the top of the tower....

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa, Italy. Photo taken September 18, 2011 by Cheryl Palmer.

Beautiful architecture!  If you notice, the angle of the camera along with zooming in, makes the top of the tower look almost straight! Actually, if you walk around the tower, there are areas where the tower actually looks kind of straight!

The picture below shows several people who went to the top of the tower for the view. We chose not to take the time to go to the top as we were on a time schedule and were lead to believe we didn't want to spend much time here (can you believe that???), we would want to save that time for our next stop. Hard to believe, really, but we took heed of the message.

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa, Italy. Photo taken September 18, 2011 by Cheryl Palmer.

Walking around the tower, you find there are other views more like the ones we see all the time. Here I am holding up the tower ~

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa, Italy. Photo taken September 18, 2011 by Cheryl Palmer.

I was amazed to think I was actually standing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever expected that I would be there! It was surreal. 

Here are my husband and I (a bit blurry) with the leaning tower, really leaning! This picture also shows the main door to the tower~

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa, Italy. Photo taken September 18, 2011 by Cheryl Palmer.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1940 Census - 13 Days Until Released!

Here is a link to a great article on how to prepare for the release of the1940 Census. The article is by Thomas MacEntee, so you know it is a great one! It is posted at Archives.com. Hopefully this will answer any last minute questions you may have.


I am excited about indexing and looking for my parents and grandparents. (Even a few great grandparents)
I have my list of "suspects" lined up, but do not have all of the ED's ready yet. I have told family and friends not to bother me on April 2, as I may not be very kind. I am ready to immerse myself with the index, even if I only index! 

If you haven't looked up all of your ED's yet, you may not want to wait until April 2nd, as you know there will be many people who will. It may just overload Steve Morse's  One-Step Webpages site! I doubt it, but you never know, just be prepared! I am looking forward to Steve Morse speaking at our local society meeting just a few days after the release of the census. He will be able to update us and answer any questions our members may have. Time is counting down, and yes, it is VERY exciting! 

Don't forget you can read more at The 1940 Census site also. Check out what was going on in the 40's, read the blog, learn what to expect and more! 


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1940 Census Indexing Simulation

Have you tried it yet? It is simple, easy and fun! Try it, you'll like it! 


Here are instructions from The 1940 US Census Community Project Team themselves!


1940 Census Indexing Simulation 

Try your hand at indexing the 1940 US Census through an indexing simulation. Simply download and launch the indexing software. Then click on the Download Batch button in the software interface. At the top of the list of available projects, choose either *SIMULATION* 1940 US Census (Part 1)or *SIMULATION* 1940 US Census (Part 2) and then click the OK button to download one of these batches.

The images for this simulation have been created based on the 1940 census form and are not real historical records. Additionally, there is only one training batch under each simulation. Use these simulation batches to learn what the 1940 census will be like or to train others prior to the release of the 1940 census.

If you haven’t already had a chance, you can download the indexing software and get started today.

Need Help Getting Started?

Video tutorials and documentation for how to get started with the indexing software are now available online at The1940Census.com.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Webinars, The 1940 Federal Census, and PLEASE Respond!

Unlike other censuses, the 1940 Federal Census will be available, free! Who doesn't like the word "free?" I know I do! Who will you be looking for in this census? I plan to look for my parents as this will be the first time they will be located in a census and of course beyond that, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and well, you get it, EVERYONE that could possibly be listed!


Remember, until the census is indexed, you will need to find the enumeration districts of those people you intend to look for. Stephen P. Morse has this all set up for you on his website, One Step Webpages. He has a page where you can take a tutorial quiz to find out how to access this census when it becomes available. There is also a link on this page which will take you to the proper page to get the ED (enumeration district) numbers you will need. Don't be afraid to explore his site!


FamilySearch.org will be having "Intro to Indexing" Webinars this month. Actually, there will be an ongoing series of Webinars over the next few months. You can choose a webinar to learn to arbitrate as an individual, and/or to train leaders to administer a society sponsored indexing group if you wish, or the one to just index!


Here are the dates for the Intro Webinars ~


Tuesday – February 28, 2012 
Tuesday – March 6, 2012 
Tuesday – March 13, 2012 
Tuesday – March 20, 2012 
Tuesday – March 27, 2012


You can check out all of the Webinars, with dates and times at the GeneaWebinars directory. Thomas MacEntee will be giving a free Webinar, "Are You Ready for the 1940 US Census?" hosted by Legacy on Wednesday,  March 7 at 2:00 Eastern Time. If you wish to attend this Webinar, be sure to register now! There are only one thousand people who can attend, so make sure to sign in 15-20 minutes early for the Webinar. You don't want to be like me, I signed in for a Webinar late the other day, because I was working, and for the first time, I wasn't able to get in because the Webinar was at full capacity! Two thousand people were registered! That meant one thousand of those people were not able to attend. Amazing isn't it? Luckily for me and others, the Webinar was available to watch a couple of hours later.


You can also test how to do the indexing on the FamilySearch.org Worldwide Indexing page. It is a short 2 minute, simple test where you can see how easy indexing is if you haven't indexed before. I can almost bet you will sign up to index after taking this if you haven't indexed before!


Maybe you are one of those people who have indexed before. I was the first person to start indexing with Low Country Africana and the "Restore and Remember" Indexing project. It was a challenge at both ends. I was the first for them and they were the first for me! Toni Carrier was so sweet, she kept thanking me for being patient! I think patience went in both directions! Actually, it was a wonderful experience! I was very happy to help them get started indexing and helping them to work out a few kinks! 


As I was saying, if you are someone who has indexed before, I am assuming (I know such a bad thing to do ~ but I am going to think positive on this one!) you have already been indexing at Family Search recently, like I have. I am excited and ready to go on April 2! How fast can we get the census indexed? How many of us do you think will work on this indexing project? (This would be a great idea! How many GeneaBloggers are indexing the 1940 Federal Census?)The more of us that index, the sooner it will be complete!


Ok, I like this idea! If you are a GeneaBlogger and will be indexing the 1940 Federal Census, please leave a comment saying you are a GeneaBlogger indexing! Let's see if we can come up with the percentage of us who are participating in this amazing project! Of course, if you are indexing and NOT a GeneaBlogger, you may still leave a comment, but please let me know you are NOT a GeneaBlogger.  Hummmm, maybe a little "FRIENDLY" competition?


Enjoy indexing!


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