Saturday, May 5, 2012

1940 Census Indexing Update: More Indiana Batches Found

Last week the FamilySearch progress map for the 1940 census indexing showed that Indiana had been completed and that they would be getting it ready to go online in the next few weeks. On Friday, FamilySearch discovered that it had in fact NOT loaded all of Indiana's 1940 census images into their indexing software, so additional indexing is needed before Indiana is completed.

From the FamilySearch Indexing Facebook page (

"Indiana not complete for 1940 Census:
When we started the Indiana—1940 US Census indexing project, not all of the images and batches were included. We’ve now made all of them available, so Indiana appears on the Download Batch list again in the indexing program. The percentage complete has changed to 18%, instead of 100%. We’re very sorry for the confusion, but we hope all those indexers and arbitrators interested in Indiana will band together to increase that percentage again."

Understandably, the Indiana Genealogical Society is very disappointed with this development, as we all wanted to see the Indiana index complete. However, we are determined to keep working on the index and get it completed sooner rather than later. Please team up with us to help finish indexing the 1940 census by creating a FamilySearch indexing account and associating it with the Indiana Genealogical Society (Instructions on how to associate your account with a society are at

Some good news: FamilySearch is tracking the work of societies. The Indiana Geneaogical Society is currently ranked 6th among large societies and has the highest arbitration rate at 98%. Let’s see if we can make it to the top of the leaderboard!

Questions about IGS and the 1940 census indexing can be sent to IGS Vice President Tina Lyons at

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