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30 April 2012

1940 Census Indexing – April 2012 Update

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The California Genealogical Society is part of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to create a free, online searchable name index of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

Fifty-eight indexers have signed on to participate under the CGS umbrella. For the month of April, our group has indexed 29,829 names and arbitrated 2000!

President Jeffrey Vaillant is our acting project coordinator and he is posting periodic "cheerleading" messages to our group participants. We are seeing new members sign on every week.

Overall, the project is exceeding expectations. As of April 20, 2012, FamilySearch Indexing reported the following statistics:

  • So far, 14.2% of the entire project has been completely indexed.
  • We have 75,820 indexers and arbitrators working to index and arbitrate the census records.
  • Colorado and Kansas have been completely indexed and are being processed in preparation for posting on
  • Delaware is posted online at
  • Nine states (Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming) are 80% or more indexed and will soon be complete. To see the status of each state, visit
  • A total of 19,242,589 records have been indexed and arbitrated by volunteers.
The state of California is more than 25% indexed already – perhaps because fifty Golden State genealogical societies are part of the community project.

Thanks to all of our hard-working indexers!

If you haven't signed on yet, don't delay! Join us and the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library


Anonymous said...

Even though I have lived all over the country I grew up in CA & thus have felt like doing most of my indexing there. Also since my father landed there in the 30's & my mother in the 40's I thought it would be appropriate. I have been interested to see that indeed most of the people I have indexed in CA were not born there. They indeed reflect the westward migration of the error and usually those in a single batch came from many different states. They were also very likely not to have lived in the same place in 1935. In contrast, those I've indexed in NY, MA and PA frequently lived in the same place or same house in 1935. Furthermore, they were usually born in that state.