Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Participate In 1940 Census Indexing Project; They Are Seeking Participants; Membership In CAGGNI Is Not Required To Participate

Hi Everyone!

The local Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has announced that they will be participating as a group in the soon to start 1940 Census Index Project.

If you want to participate in the project with them, they would very much seek your help to do so.  You do not even have to be a member of CAGGNI to participate in the project with them!

Why go it alone!  Instead, work within the structure of a group whose members are all committed to working on one major project that will help all of us in our genealogy research.

I just received an e-mail from the organization that provides further details on the planned group project.

Please take a look at their message that I am including in this post after the separator line in Italics.

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We are excited to announce that our society has joined the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to help index the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!  Indexing records from our state, we will be an essential part of this monumental grass-roots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online, complete and free of charge forever.  

If you are not already committed to indexing with another group, we would be happy to have you join  us!  Go to www.the1940census.com/society and register to participate with our society.  Simply select CAGGNI Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois on the profile screen when creating your account. Every new person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today!

Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to the impact this resource will have for researchers of our area and so many others.

Warm regards,

Caron

Caron Brennan, Vice President / Administrator for the Indexing Project

 About the 1940 Census Community Project

On April 2, 2012, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be released for the first time. Unlike previous census years, images of this census will be made available as free digital images.

Upon its release, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between Archives.com, FamilySearch, findmypast.com, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access.

Interest in the 1940 U.S. Census is both significant and sentimental because it documents what is often referred to as “The Greatest Generation” of U.S. citizens. As a group, these are individuals who: 

  • Survived the Great Depression
  • Fought in the Second World War
  • Innovated technology (TV, Microwave)

 There are many people still alive today who will be able to find themselves in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Others will be able to readily connect with relatives they knew personally or through family stories. Imagine the great resource this will be to current and future society members!

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So if you are not committed to indexing with anyone else,  consider doing the indexing through CAGGNI.  Remember, you do not have to be a member of CAGGNI to do the indexing.  Just follow the process outlined in the above note from CAGGNI and you will soon be on your way to help index the 1940 Census.  Don’t go it alone.  Do it with CAGGNI!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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3 responses to “Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Participate In 1940 Census Indexing Project; They Are Seeking Participants; Membership In CAGGNI Is Not Required To Participate

  1. DCGS is also participating in the 1940 census indexing project
    http://dcgs.org/dcgs.html

    • Hi Rose,

      I actually saw that there are 40 Illinois genealogical societies that are participating in the 1940 Census Indexing Project.

      Thanks for letting me know that the DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) is also one of the 40 participants.

      The more the merrier and the quicker the 1940 Census Data will be completely indexed!

      Tony Kierna
      Genealogy Coordinator
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Hi Tony,
    I listened to GeneaBloggers Radio tonight, some guests were Steve Morse & Joel Weintraub – One-Step, Jim Ericson – Family Search, Amy Johnson Crow – Archives. Jim Ericson shared that Family Search will load images at about 5 states per day for us to index. The 1st – 5 states are Delaware, Virginia, Kansas, Oregon, and Colorado. It will take about 2 weeks to get all the images transferred and available to be indexed.
    Rose

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