Thursday, March 22, 2012


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  • Marraiges & Divorces
  • Occupation
  • Relatives
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Resource Roundup for the 1940 U.S. Census

The present decade has a lot in common with 1940 especially when it comes to the Can Do Volunteer Spirit that is creating a stir of activity around April 2nd release of the U.S. Census. If everyone who has benefited from an indexed census report joins the volunteer corps to help index and promote this newest genealogical asset, the 1940 U.S. Census will be name-searchable in a matter of weeks.
Online training and information is available 24-hours a day. Here's a round-up of the latest 1940 U.S. Census Resources:


National Archives Official Website for Information on the 1940 Census and access to the digital images.
National Archives free regional lecture schedule on the 1940 Census.
US Census Bureau training films for 1940 Census enumerators.

Using the 1940 U.S. Census

How to Prepare for the 1940 U.S. Census by Thomas MacEntee at, a comprehensive overview of the census release and how to effectively search for your ancestors.
Stephen P. Morse's comprehensive 1940 Search Engine. It's a lot easier than 9 to 5 with The Three Stooges.
"Navigating the 1940 US Census" webinar from Legacy Family Tree presented by Thomas MacEntee, free until March 19, 2012.
Online Census Secrets presented by Allison Dolan, Family Tree Magazine Publisher will feature where to find free census records and what to expect when the 1940 census is released.
Nightly 1940 U.S. Census Webinar hosted by RootsMagic and Dear Myrtle April 2-6 to discuss first experiences in using the newly released records.

Help Index the 1940 U.S. Census

1940 U.S. Census Community Project website with links and helps for volunteers ready to index the census.
Practice Indexing the 1940 U.S. Census "with simulated material provided by FamilySearch. The Getting Started guide provides comprehensive instructions for downloading the indexing software.

Monday, March 5, 2012


The Athens Family History Center located on West Market has added another shift to help you with your genealogy.  In addition to the Tuesday and Wednesday hours of operation, a Thursday shift will be available from 5 pm - 8 pm.