I am so very proud of our TNGenWeb volunteers! Under the auspices of 1940 US Census Community Project, more than 50 people signed up to index the census as part of the TNGenWeb indexing group. Since April, we have indexed & arbitrated more than 360,000 names and consistently ranked as a top indexing group for the project. The project was completed two months sooner than FamilySearch expected and it could not have been made possible without the more than 160,000 volunteers that signed up to help.
Since FamilySearch does not provide group administrators with a specific breakdown of records indexed by collection, I can’t say that all 360,000 names were specifically from the 1940 census, but a large majority of them were. Here is a chart showing how many records we indexed each month from April until now.
Thank you to everyone who signed up to help. Given our expertise of Tennessee, the index promises to be much more accurate than indexes of the past. What an incredible effort from an incredible group!
If you are wondering what’s next, just stay tuned. We would love to continue to have volunteers to aid not only with Tennessee-specific FamilySearch projects, but also for others that we have internal to the TNGenWeb. We will share more information soon on those endeavors.