Hot on the heels of my post today about the name search indexing project on the 1940 Census, I’d like to share a request from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asking for volunteers to help with their Name Search indexing effort. The current problem for many family researchers and genealogists is not knowing where people were living 1940:

Calling all Citizen Archivists!  The 1940 census has been online for two weeks now.  We have heard many great stories about people you have found in the census.  We also know there are some of you who don’t know where people were living in 1940 and therefore cannot search the census without an name index.

The good news is that efforts have begun to create a name index and YOU can help!  Join the 1940 Census Community Indexing Project at to help create a name index so the census may be searched by name. To get started you will need to download and install the indexing software, register as an indexing volunteer, and download a batch of images to transcribe. 

This project is a collaborative effort of volunteers, supported by the National Archives, Family Search,,, the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and many other archives and societies.  When the index is completed, the National Archives will make the named index available for free.

Get started today and join the 253,514 people who have already signed up to create the index!

Click on the video below to learn more:


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