"If you don’t have access to the records for the area in which your ancestors lived, you soon will," Brimhall said. "Through a remarkable internal and external effort we have been able to marshal a volunteer indexing force of more than 137,000 volunteers, with that number growing by nearly 1,000 a day."
He said that he continues to be amazed by the collaborative efforts both within and outside of FamilySearch and thanked those pivotal in ramping up the volunteer workforce, managing its activities, and keeping the pipeline full of records to index.
Brimhall said at last report:
* 105,522,592 names have been indexed and arbitrated.
* 29 states have searchable indexes on FamilySearch.org. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
* 2 additional states are 100% indexed and arbitrated and are in the final stage of preparation for posting.
* 6 additional states are 75% or more indexed and arbitrated. To see the status of each state visit the 1940 US Census state-by-state progress map on the FamilySearch website.
* The 1940 US Census is 75% indexed and arbitrated.
* 143,086 indexers have signed up to index the 1940 US Census.
"The progress is remarkable, we are ahead of schedule and gaining momentum. In the very near future, we will have 34 states online and searchable," Brimhall said.
"By the world’s standards, this census effort has been an enviable example of “crowdsourcing” (the industry buzzword for the “many hands makes light work” philosophy). For us, it is another in a long line of group collaborative projects that promote our vision of creating and linking the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover who they are by exploring where they come from. We have been working collaboratively with volunteers, record custodians, and the general public for well over 100 years to make genealogy records more available," he said.
"Even if our sights were set on the swift and successful completion of the 1940 census alone, we would have to be grateful and excited. But imagine the possibilities of such a dedicated, trained, and motivated workforce as we shift focus from census records to immigration and naturalization records, and country-specific record sets like those represented by our Italy ancestor project. I hope it is plain to see the potential of our growing volunteer workforce and the impact you all can have on the present and future of family history," Brimhall concluded.
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