13 March 2012

NEOCAG Assumes Leadership in Indexing 1940 Census for Cuyahoga County

NEOCAG (North-East Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogical Society, Inc.) is excited to announce that Cuyahoga County has joined the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to help index the 1940 U.S. Federal Census! Indexing records from our state will be an essential part of this monumental grassroots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world on-line, complete and free of charge, forever.
This is a FamilySearch project in conjunction with Archives.com and FindMyPast.com It can be done at home on a personal computer. After a simple download of the program, the image is on the screen at the top, and the form to fill in is at the bottom. Indexing can be a lot of fun. You can start and stop any time. There are no quotas or large commitments. A batch, after the first couple, should take 20-30 minutes, certainly less than an hour.
NEOCAG is helping by coordinating the effort in this county to accomplish this project. Jane Riedel, President of NEOCAG and Cynthia Turk, past president, will be working to recruit indexers, train and support indexers and arbitrators, and lend encouragement along the way. Indexers can get started in the FamilySearch.org system now to be ready to go when the census is available to index in April. The secure website with the beginning information is https://the1940census.com/.

If you are already a FamilySearch indexer, you can join the Cuyahoga project by going to https://indexing.familysearch.org/ Go to help, sign in, edit the profile, under Groups click on NorthEast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogical Society, then save. We hope many of you will join us in this community service project which will benefit researchers for years to come. We look forward to working with you.