Wednesday, February 29, 2012

being a part of history

There's this thing called The 1940 Census Project.  Have you heard of it yet?  It is mind-blowing amazing.  MIND BLOWING, I tell you.

Basically it goes like this: in the 1940's there was a ginormous census taken.  And it included all sorts of information and pictures and every-day life stuff for the people of that generation.  So there's all this information - but it's just sitting there.

"Why is it just sitting there?" you ask.

Because all the records are on PAPER.  So if you want to see it, you have to see the ACTUAL PAPER.  But all of that is going to change!  yay!

To make the 1940 census records available to the world the files are scanned and then they need indexed, and that's where all the work comes in.  That's also where YOU come in.  You can volunteer your time to help index this amazing information so that everyone can search for it and access it online.  That means you're helping to share important information for the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!

It's a huge project, and the amount of information available once it's finished will be astonishing, and with everyone's help the project isn't overwhelming or impossible.  But, best of all, you'll be helping to tell the stories of the 1940's families and lives.  And I can't think of anything more awesome than having those stories brought to life.

Sign up to help with The 1940 Census Project now!

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