July 4, 2015

Time Is Short Until The 1940 U.S. Federal Census Release!

Just a few days now until we will have access to the 1940 census images! Mark your calendar for April 2nd and clear your schedule. You might want to get some extra sleep beforehand too.

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The 1940 Census Buzz Gets Louder As We Count Down The Days To April 2


Are You Ready For A Little Census Indexing? Game On! Week of March 19th. 

It’s like a huge team, racing down field to make the initial kickoff of the game…here we go Indexers! (yes, I am kind of excited!) First though, a little practice:

  • Completed a 1940 U.S. Census simulation batch before 30 March 2012
  • To complete a practice batch, just log in to the indexing software and click “Download Batch” and look for *SIMULATION* 1940 U. S. CENSUS.

I’m happy to say I’ve completed my practice batch, and I have to tell you it was so easy to do. It took me hardly any time at all to get it done and submitted.

Contest? Did Someone Say Contest?

Opt in at the Games and Prizes page to enter

There’s a weekly contest for everyone (ALL of my readers). Why? Because there are actual prizes being given away, but you win no matter what because you’re helping promote a most noble deed: the indexing of the census so that it will be free to search through the efforts of a host of volunteers as well as sponsors like Archives™, Family Search and FindMyPast.com.

Two qualified entrants will be able to win two $50 Visa gift cards; one chosen at random may win a $100 Visa gift card. Contests will be ongoing and the topic will change each week. Visit the 1940 Census Blog for more information.

Disclosure: As part of the 1940 U.S Census Ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a Kindle Fire.


The 1940 Census Is Coming. Please Help Spread The Word!


   Something To Stimulate Your Censuses

I’ve been online doing genealogy for so long, I think I remember when they released the 1920 census! (You didn’t seriously think I was going to say I remember the first census in 1790 did you? 😉 ) Now, we’ve gone past the 1930 census and the excitement is mounting as we get to see the 1940 census. Well, as soon as it gets completely indexed.*

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Genealogy Blogs Help Spread The Word

You might have already seen a few articles about the 1940 census on blogs like Geneabloggers, Heritage Happens, and Olive Tree Genealogy , just to name a few. If you want to find more participating blogs just do a search in Google for ‘1940 Census Ambassador’ (without quotes).

What I’ll be looking for in the 1940 census:

You know the old saying in genealogy…”start with yourself”. Well, I won’t be in the 1940 census because I was born in 1950, but I know my parents and grandparents will be for sure.  And, what about those ancestors who died after 1930 but before 1940? Mysteries will be solved!  Being able to look in the latest census release will document even more of our families. But we need to be able to find them in an index.

I want to volunteer to index the 1940 census!

*That’s where YOU come in. Volunteers around the world are now joining Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, FindMyPast.com and other project organizers and volunteers to transcribe these priceless census records. For more detailed information, please read Matt Wright’s excellent article Make History: Join the 1940 U.S. Census that explains everything you need to know.

Just want to get started? Go to 1940 Census right now! And, thank you for volunteering!





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1932 Marriage License – John Louis Sechrest and Ruth Williams

1932 Louis Sechrest marriage

I was doing a little research for Jim’s cousin Teresa this week for her Sechrest family branch.  Teresa was previously married to Ed Sechrest and she is currently trying to fill in the blanks in her family tree for her son and his family.  The information she emailed to me said that she was looking for John Louis Sechrest, and it took a little sleuthing, but I finally found the marriage license listed under “Touis” (Louis) Secrest on Ancestry.

Truthfully, I get a little frustrated with the census transcribers when they make (it seems to me) blatant mistakes like that.  That’s a whole other subject to be discussed later though.

Please click on the above image until it is full-sized.

I was able to share the image with Teresa and her in-law Etta Mae, which was a great surprise to both of them. Etta Mae had never seen the record and she was very happy to now have it.

Next, Check The 1920 Census

In looking a little further at records on Ancestry, I found Ruth Williams in the 1920 Federal census in Eminence, Shannon, Missouri. View Census Records Online at Ancestry.com! Surprisingly, she was living with her siblings (Eunice and Bacel Williams) in the Thomas E. Bowman household with her mother Mattie.  Also in the household was Finnus Bowman, age 3 and 6/12.  If I was going to look a little further into this family, I would look for a marriage record for Mattie Sechrest to Thomas Bowman in approximately 1917 or perhaps, the year before.

Where To Look Next

There are a lot of clues in just this little bit of information from the marriage record and census, aren’t there?

  • Before I go any further, I will go back to the marriage license where it says that Louis was from Turtle, MO.  I know from the 1920 census that Ruth was living near Eminence, MO, so I should look for Louis (or John Louis) in that same 1920 census geographical area.  I like to go with what’s logical and if I don’t find the person, then I move out on the map.
  • I’ll check USGenWeb Missouri for Iron and Shannon Counties to see what they might have on their sites for records.
  • Then, it’s on to the 1930 census to see what new information crops up!

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