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1940 US Census – “What’s buzzin’, cousin?”

What’s buzzin‘, cousin?” was a popular saying in the 1940′s meaning “what’s up?” or “what’s happening”. Well what’s buzzin`, cousin is that April 2, 2012 is the release date for the 1940 US Census records.  What a wealth of information will be at our fingertips. The 1940 US Census contains 132.2 million people living in 37.2 million housing units! Some of the new information you will have access to are residence five years ago, income, detailed information on unemployment, highest level of school, etc. And what an opportunity for all of us to be a part of this historic release. You see, once released, the census is not index…that’s where you come in.  FamilySearch is, in part, sponsoring a volunteer effort to index the 1940 US census once the records are released. Become a part of history through a group called the 1940 US Census Community Project. This is where each and every one of you can volunteer to assist in the critical indexing of the census!  You don’t have to be an expert and you can index as little or as much as you want. I’ve joined up to be both an Ambassador and to help index. So come join the fun and let’s get this census indexed as quickly as possible so that they will be available to all and easy to search!

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