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April 2, 2012…

21 May

A day I have looked forward to since 2005 when I learned my father’s name and after I found out he did not want contact.  A date when I could start exploring my family history by learning the names of my paternal grandparents in the 1940 census.  The starting point I needed to start my final family tree.

The day I was counting down to in this post.

Well, that day has come and gone.  That day I logged on and was disappointed.  The next days and the following week were disappointing too.  Seven weeks later I am still disappointed.  The hype leading up to it and after as a paid subscriber of ancestry.com was intense.  The lack of specifics that the census would be released but not searchable, must have been hidden deep in the advertising because I did not see it.  The ongoing lack of any projections on when states would be searchable is not visible to me on the site.  To date they have the following states – NV, DE, DC, ME searchable – seven weeks later this is all they have done.  Any other state you need to at least know the district and then must scan through each page individually from that district.  I don’t know the state, let alone the district.  I have an idea of which state they may have lived in, but other than an idea I have zero information except my father’s name and age at the time of the census.  My grandparents could have lived in any state for all I know.  That’s a lot of districts in a lot of states to search each page from the 1940 census.  What good is having that subscription if it does nothing for me? 

It is excruciatingly painful to be so close and yet so far…after waiting so long.

It makes me angry that I still don’t know the other 50% of who I am…

I’m getting downright snarky…I just want to know and really don’t think it is too much to ask to know when they expect to have each state, by state, indexed and searchable.  Is that really so much to ask?

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8 responses to “April 2, 2012…

  1. Makers Daughter

    May 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    This does seem frustrating! Goosh!

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  2. marilynn

    May 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I could give it a shot for you. Though I’m not second guessing your competence. I just get lucky with finding people. I’ve been doing it a while. On the 15th the rest of my websites will be paid for again and I can give you the passwords if you like or I can run the check for you.

    Peace.

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    • The adopted ones

      May 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Marilynn, but not sure how you could search the 1940 census when it isn’t indexed to be searchable. Once I have their names/where they lived then all I want to do is create my family tree back. Can you search the 1940 census without it being indexed?

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      • marilynn

        February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        Its searchable now. Day late dollar short. Always happy to lend a hand or passwords to various people search sites. Anything to make the process smoother.

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  3. Melynda

    May 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    As you found out the images from the 1940 census are available, but are of little use to any family history enthusiasts prior to being indexed. There are several hundred volunteers working on this project and I am sure they wouldn’t mind some more help. Go to this page: https://the1940census.com/getting-started/ and get started today! The more hands helping, the faster this information will be put out there for all of us.

    (P.S. I know the LDS church takes A LOT of heat for adoption related crap, as they should, but this is one area they have it right: They have several hundred part-time volunteers who work specifically on indexing the 1940 census. They aren’t in charge of the indexing, but they understand how important family history truly is….which is terribly ironic when you consider the LDS church’s support of the NCFA and closed records. Actually, it’s more than ironic, it’s mind boggling and immoral in my estimation.)

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    • The adopted ones

      May 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Melynda – if I could I would but my error rate would be extreme because of my aphasia. I edit and edit and edit and walk away and come back and find more mistakes. Numbers/columns are even worse.

      I am angry that they hyped the release instead of being honest about the reality.

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      • Melynda

        May 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

        I totally understand your anger. It was a little (a lot?) disingenuous of them to push it as if it was entirely searchable when it wasn’t.

        I have an idea – send me the information you have, and I will start looking for you. My eyes aren’t broken (yet!) and since I am a member of the indexing programing already, maybe I can start indexing in the the state you suspect he is from. It might not turn anything up, but I figure every page that gets indexed mean the more likelihood my adoptee friends might be able to find their natural families!

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  4. Melynda

    May 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I meant to add that nearly 100% of the indexing is done by volunteers from various organizations, which makes for slow work.

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