Fab Finds for the Week of 1 Apr 2012

NASS-1940_CensusOn this happy April Fool’s day there is only one more day left until the release of the 1940 United States Census.  As many of our fellow bloggers have pointed out, the census will not be indexed (in other words it’s not searchable), so head on over to  https://the1940census.com/ and sign up as a volunteer to help index the records (the process by which the census becomes searchable). I’m betting that the volunteers will have the census indexed in record time… yes, we are making history.

Here’s this week’s fab finds for you:

Tips, Tricks and Techniques: 

What is the 1940 census sampling, and how does it affect my research?” is a blog post on Genealogy Today that describes the 1940 census statistical sample, which was the first of its kind.

FamilySearch offers the article “1940 US Census Is Almost Here… Are You Ready?” describing ways to reduce indexing system stress  after the release of the 1940 census (for example, avoid the peak hours from Saturday evening through Monday evening).

Olive Tree Genealogy offers info on “Understanding Patronymics in the New World.”

Bill Smith helps us with “Finding your Enumeration Districts in the 1940 US Census next week.” (See videos, below, for a free video offered by Family Tree Magazine).

Videos and Webcast:

Family Tree Magazine is offering a free video showing how to find your family in the 1940 census records, using Steve Morse’s One-Step Site.

1940 census, behind the scenes view of staff preparing for tomorrow’s launch.

You can watch the webcast of the launch of the census tomorrow at 1940census.archives.gov

Ancestry.com offers “Getting Ready for the 1940 Census” with Crista Cowan, and “Family Tree Maker 2012: The Nickel Tour” with Juliana Smith.

Here’s a 3-minute video on how to Film a Family History Video Interview. It’s very basic but may be good for beginners.

Did you know about Ancestry.com’s “Desktop Education Series” on Youtube? There’s quite a selection of videos here from strategies for finding your ancestors, to an introduction of Facebook Timeline.

There are quite a few videos now posted for the Ancestry.com “Star of Your Family Video” contest.

For National Genealogical Society members, a new Voices of Genealogy video titled “Becoming a Genealogist” was released this week. Find the video in the members only section of http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/.

Contest and call for articles:

Mocavo is offering a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to the winner of their contest, running from April 2nd through April 15th. To enter, just tell Mocavo about your new ancestral discovery from the 1940 census. More info will be available at http://www.mocavo.com/blog/ tomorrow.

Americanancestors.org is asking for a paragraph of information on your New England textile mill worker ancestors. Submitters with interesting stories will be selected to write accounts for publication in American Ancestors magazine.

Regular Resources:

Check out…

Michael Hait’s “Notable Genealogy Blog Posts,”

Deb Ruth’s “Follow Friday Gems, ”

Monday Morning Mentions” by the Armchair Genealogist,

Randy Seaver’s ”Best of the Geneablogs,” and

Geneabloggers.com newly discovered genealogy and family history blogs.

The latest genealogy community announcements are found at geneapress.com, and Diane Haddad and the Family Tree Magazine staff write the weekly Genealogy News Corral on the genealogy insider blog.

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