The 1940 U.S. Census Is Now Being Indexed!
4 April 2012
The 1940 U.S. Census is here and the 1940 US Census Community Project has kicked off to a great start! The excitement and enthusiasm for this project is far greater than anything previously seen in the six years that FamilySearch indexing has been available. Online volunteers completed the indexing for the state of Delaware in the first 24 hours. They are now indexing Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia!
Yesterday I indexed two batches from Colorado, and today I indexed a batch from Kansas. Each batch is a page with 40 names, and I probably averaged 40 minutes per batch. If you would like to help, go to http://the1940census.com/
My grandfather Buchanan's family will probably not be in this census, as they were living in Tacoma, Washington, where Grandma died in 1923. I could not find them in the 1920 US Census, but I did find them in a city directory.
Tacoma Washington 1921 City Directory, page 202:
BUCHANAN WM A (Elizabeth) trkmn h 1814-1/2 S Tacoma Street. [From this I believe he was employed as a trackman by the Tacoma Street Railway at the time. George worked cleaning streetcars, probably about this same time.]