06 May 2012
1940 U.S. Census: Help! I'm in the Bronx and I can't get out!
Before Family Search had New York records available to index, I did do one Kansas record and a Kentucky record. But, as soon New York State went online, I was happily indexing Albany and then Allegany counties (FamilySearch seems to be uploading these things for indexing alphabetically by county).
Then on April 10th, the Bronx started. We indexers are only 5% of the way into New York State and only up to Enumeration District (ED) 706 (out of more than 1300 EDs) in the Bronx.
I check the indexing progress map almost daily. Delaware, Colorado and Kansas (darn it!) are already indexed and the indices are online. Arizona, Nevada, Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon, Alaska, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Florida, and Virginia are close behind. Even California, which in the intervening years stole top (population) dog status from New York, is 39% indexed.
But, here I am slogging through Jewish names (which I can ably handle) and Italian names (which have cornered the market on vowels) to try to get myself out of the Bronx and back to Smiths and Joneses in Broome county. I actually have some 1940s Bronx relatives, but, not surprisingly, I've not come across them while indexing.
I'm sure people will help pick up the New York State slack once their pet states are indexed and they're standing around with their thumbs in their belt loops trying to remember what they did before the indexing project started. After all, if it weren't for me, Kansas wouldn't be over the top!