Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Learn to Index, Win Money!!

Wohoo, a giveaway!! Two $50 Visa gifts cards and one $100 Visa gift card!
Not from me, but from something I believe in.  
1940 census
As a history nerd, I love this project!  In just 2 weeks, April 2, the 1940 census records will be released for the first time.  Now if you've ever done any genealogy work, then you know what a blessing census records can be.  For the first time, the census will be available as a digital image.  What needs to happen is indexing.  It's easy and doesn't take much time (although more is certainly better), and your kids can even do it! What's indexing?
Indexing is when you look at the image and enter what you see into a data field.   For example, from their website:
"If you see the name Robert in the image, you type it in the designated cell in the grid. The names, dates, places, and other information you enter will become part of the online search, opening up that record’s information in ways that weren’t possible before."
I'm waiting for this to happen with all the Norwegian parishes.  I REALLY want to find some ancestors and since I don't read Norwegian I have to wait for the records to be indexed.  Let's be cooler Americans and get together and get all this entered!!
You and I can help by teaming up with the 1940 U.S Census Community Project sponsored by, and other genealogy groups.  To give us a little encouragement, two qualified entrants will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Visa gift card and one qualified entrant will be chosen at random to receive a $100 Visa gift card! 
All you have to do is download the Indexing Software and complete a practice batch by March 30.  Click on that link for all the info.
You can learn more about the project, or become an ambassador yourself, by visiting the 1940 Census website.  

As part of ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire.

1 comment:

  1. Sure, I'll give it a whirl. I've been getting more involved in my family history lately, so I know how exciting the release of the 1940 census is going to be! Hope you get that Fire. :)