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February 20th, 2012:

Countdown to the 1940 Census: Social Media and Blog Roll Call

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On the first and third Mondays of the month our guest blogger,  Government and Heritage Library intern Carla Sarratt will be  counting down to the release of the 1940 Census data on Monday, April 2, 2012.

1940 Census Social Media and Blog Roll Call

It should come as no surprise that the National Archives is one of the leading social media resources for all things related to the release of the 1940 Census data.  Not only are they on Facebook and Twitter, but they also publish an informative blog called NARAtions.  Since last year, NARAtions has written several blog entries about various aspects of the 1940 Census.  If you want correct information regarding the 1940 Census as well as previous censuses, National Archives has the answers with their helpful Research Our Records resource for genealogists.  Not only do they showcase the Census forms, but they help you locate additional resources as well.

Ancestry.com has created a helpful Wiki-type page about the 1940 Census.  The coolest feature is a chart that shows what questions the Census has asked since 1790 – 1940. Expect the Wiki page to provide additional information about their role in the release of the Census data as we get closer to April 2, 2012.  In 2011, Ancestry released a statement that there will be no charge to search 1940 Census records on their site once it is available until the end of 2013.

There is a partnership among several genealogy organizations including Family Search, findmypast.com, and archives.com called the 1940 US Census Community Project which will work together to index the census data for online availability.  There is a need for volunteers to help with this project.  The project also has a Facebook page where people can sign up to help with transcription as well as form an online community.

 For all of the avid Facebook users, you won’t be surprised that there is a 1940 Census fan page out there.  You can also become a fan of Ancestry, Archives, and Find My Past.

Twitter users, you’re not left out of the social media crowd.  Check out and follow http://twitter.com/1940census, Ancestry, Family Search, Archives, and Find My Past.

Last but definitely not least, you can count on the Government and Heritage Library to keep you informed about the 1940 Census via our blog, Facebook posts, and our tweets along with helpful Census related tools.  For those who are in the vicinity of the library inRaleigh, we will have a Census program on April 2, 2012.

No matter where you go on the World Wide Web, if you type “1940 Census” into the search box you are sure to find help from one social media venue or another, from blogs to YouTube.

About the author

Formerly employed with the 2010 Census, Carla Sarratt is a Master of Library Science student at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina interning with the Government and Heritage Library.

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