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A Note from the Editor: Following Up on Some Recent Columns

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Lynn Betlock

Lynn Betlock

Last week I wrote about the opening of the 1940 census on April 2, 2012, and provided instructions from the National Archives on how to search for ancestors in the census without an index, since no index currently exists. I mentioned speculation that a complete name index to the 1940 census would be available about six months after the census is released.


Reader Tom Doherty of Wilmington, Delaware, wrote to let me know that the full index to the 1940 census is expected to be available in the U.S. for free on by mid-April 2012 — and remain free through the end of 2013. “When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state. It will be’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date.”


The press release is available at


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In response to our recent stories on Massachusetts historical markers, a reader sent a link to London Remembers, a website “aiming to capture all memorials in London.” The memorials include “plaques, monuments, statues, fountains, etc, that commemorate a person, an event, a building, etc.”


I appreciated the site’s caveat: “Be aware that London actually has more cars, more rain and less sun than our photos show.”


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And, finally, following up on a previous column on useful map websites, we have the following recommendations to pass on:


Historic Map Works, Inc.


This site, which contains a wide range of maps, has an interesting feature I’ve not seen elsewhere. It allows you to search for maps by street address. I entered addresses in Maine and Massachusetts and received results of relevant ward, town, city, county, and state maps that included my location. Had I simply been browsing the site, it would have taken me much more time to assemble this list.


The Geographicus Antique Map Archive


The Geographicus Archive, the scholarly arm of an online retail map gallery, attempts to bridge the gap between a webstore and an academic archive. Much of the research the gallery compiles on its maps is made available here for public study and use. Users can link to their maps and embed them into their own websites.


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Posted by Jean Powers at 12/16/2011 08:05:00 AM | 

The Ancestry announcement does not say that the 1940 census indexes will be available mid-April 2012. It says they will be available "when complete." After all, how could they possibly index 3.8 million records in less than a week? Think about it.
Posted by: Elaine ( Email ) at 12/16/2011 9:27 AM

This is a well written article on this subject. I have been looking at starting a new business and this is valuable information to help me in my decision. Thank you.
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