IRON RIVER—The Iron County Genealogy Society is participating in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project and is looking for volunteers.
The project’s goal is to encourage individuals to join an online community of volunteers helping to create a free, high quality, searchable index of every name found in the 1940 census.
The 1940 census, said a spokesperson, is significant because practically everyone knows a family member—parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle—who was alive in 1940.
“The 1940 census provides a snapshot of 135 million people living in the United States at the time, nestled between the Great Depression and World War II.”
Participants may view digital images of 1940 census pages online at the1940census.org.
A training session will be held at the West Iron District Library on Thursday, March 15, at 1 p.m.
The data extracted by volunteers is saved online immediately, and ultimately made available as a free, every name and searchable index at FamilySearch.org.
With enough volunteers, the project aims to complete the index before the end of the year.