Sunday, March 18, 2012

1940 Simulation

Did you register to index the 1940 Census yet? Have you downloaded the software and don't know what to do next?

Open up the software, log into FamilySearch Indexing, and check out the 1940 simulation file. Just click the Download button and select the *SIMULATION* 1940 US Census.

This will walk you through a session inputting data from a 1940 Census form. 

Try this out, get your fingers warmed up. There are on 15 days to wait!

Friday, March 9, 2012

1940 Census Needs You

132 million people were living in the United States in 1940. Millions of these individuals are still alive and many of them are known as the Greatest Generation. These are people who:

  • Survived the Great Depression
  • Fought in the Second World War
  • Innovated technology (TV, Microwave)
  • Sacrificed in the name of freedom
  • Practiced thrift and compassion
  • Understood hard work and industry
Start today! Sign up at and be a part of history.

If you would like a little more instruction, head over to Legacy Family Tree and view Thomas MacEntee's webinar on navigation the 1940 Census. At this webinar learn the strategies needed to find the images you want, especially during the first few weeks before the images are indexed. Besides tips and tricks, you'll also learn what information was collected during the 1940 U.S. Census and how it can help your genealogy research. This webinar will be posted for free access until at least March 19th. 

So what are you waiting for? 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Family Search Indexing on Your Mobile Device

At Rootstech last month Family Search released their Beta application for indexing on mobile devices. The app works on IPhones, IPads, and Android phones and tablets, including the Kindle Fire.

Once downloaded you will be asked to login using your LDS or FamilySearch account. After logging in you will see a screen similar to the one below. Instead of downloading a complete records, you get snippets.

In this case, you type in Grundy Mary Jane and touch the submit button. A new name will appear. It is actually that easy. BTW, capitalization is not required in the mobile app.

The toolbar at the top has five options:
  1. Indexing - the indexing page itself
  2. History - shows the names you have indexed. This resets if you log out of Indexing.
  3. Guide - a helpful set of hints for the mobile app
  4. Stats - shows the number of names Submitted, Skipped, and Matched Consensus. Also resets if you log out. Currently your indexing numbers with the mobile app are not included with your desktop indexing numbers. 
  5. Settings - under settings you can set your Preferred Difficulty, Offline Queue Size, and History Queue Size. 

Sometimes it helps to see the entire page, in those cases you can switch between the snippet and its original page. Just touch the page icon in the top center above the image. As in this case for Rachel:

We need to see the full page to get the surname:

We zoom in and see that her surname should be Finkelstein

This dittos (  "  ) or sometimes written as " do ", can catch you. The record I indexed before Rachel was not her traveling companion. If I had just assumed it was the previous record I would have typed the incorrect name. When you see a ditto make sure you double check the full record.

Make sure you check out LDSTech for more information. 

The apps can be downloaded from the appropriate store, just search for FamilySearch Indexing. For the Kindle Fire, view this page on your Fire and click the link below to directly download the .apk file.

That's it. Have fun and show this to your kids. The youth I have shown it to love it.