Well this month starts another chapter in getting the information for my submission for the NGS Family History Writing Contest.
This month is my interviewing month. This is the month that I planned on interviewing several family members. The first on my list, is my Aunt. She will be 100 years young in April and I am anxious to interview her. Although she does speak English, I will have my dad, her younger brother, there at the interview. I know that she is more comfortable not only having my dad around, but also speaking Spanish. I am hoping that she reveals a lot of stories of her immigration to this country and of my grandparents when the family was first starting out.
The other items on my aspirations list is the following:
Indexing: I have signed up and been approved as a 1940 Census Ambassador. I am excited to help create the index list for the 1940 Census. You can help too. Just click on the badge above and sign up to help. We need all the help we can get to get the index to the public sooner.
Brickwalls: Last Saturday I broke through my brickwall that I had with my submission for the writing contest. You can read about it here. Now that I know my grandmother’s correct full name. I need to research her possible parents and her possible siblings. In order to do this, I will need to pull some microfilm from the Family History Library and go through them to find the siblings baptism records. I also need to still search for and find the baptism record for my grandmother as well.
So those are my aspirations for this month. What are you planning for the month of March?
I was wondering about the 1940 census. Just because it is released – doesn’t mean it will be available online instantly, right? It has to be indexed. That sounds like a daunting task. Any estimates on how long that might take? Who is spearheading? Ancestry.com?
Hi Judy, actually it will be available online when it is released, however you are correct in that there will be no index. It is a very daunting task and that is why Archives.com, FamilySearch and findmypast.com are all sponsoring a volunteer effort to get the 1940 Census indexed as quickly as possible. If you wish to volunteer, you can sign up at http://www.the1940census.com.