McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 23, 2012

Society seeks help for 1940 Census Project

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — The Pittsburg County Genealogical and Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help make history more searchable b assisting with the 1940 U.S. Census Project.

The society announced recently that it will participate in the project and volunteers are needed.

 “The society is encouraging local volunteers to help make the 1940 U.S. Census easier to search for everyone,” said Christina Thurber President of the Pittsburg County Historical Society.

 “This unique project will make the 135 million individuals found on tens of thousands of pages of the 1940 U.S. Census searchable online for free.”

On April 2 the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States will make the 1940 U.S. Census publicly available, according to a press release.

 This census is the largest, most comprehensive, and most recent record set available that records the names of those who were living in the United States at that time. The 1940 US Census Community Project is a national collaborative effort that uses the Internet and a large volunteer workforce to speed up the process of indexing the historic census records. 

“The outcome will benefit everyone,” Thurber said “The 1940 U.S. Census will be digitally preserved forever, and the general public will have incredibly convenient online access to volumes of rich historical information that could be personally relevant to their personal family history.”

She said anyone with genealogical roots in the U.S. in 1940 will benefit from the project.

Thurber said the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is also receiving additional support from Archives.com, FamilySearch, and findmypast.com and leading societal organizations like the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society to engage and coordinate the volunteer workforce needed to deliver the ambitious 1940 U.S. Census Project.

For more information contact the Pittsburg County Genealogical and Historical Society at 133 East Carl Albert Parkway or call 918-426-0388.

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