The 1940 US Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch-led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to name index that census in five months. In addition, Joel Weintraub and Steve Morse, over seven years, with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts a person was in, when a location or address was known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 census. Joel will discuss differences between the volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases.
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy about 20 years ago, and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration in Southern California. Joel produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1940 censuses and the New York City censuses (1905, 1915, & 1925) for the Steve Morse "One-Step" website (stevemorse.org). Joel has published articles on the US Census, searching records in NYC, the Ellis Island "Name Change Myth," and given presentations on census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, and Jewish genealogy.
Note: Our November meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday instead of the 3rd Wednesday of the month. See you at Yorba Linda Community Center on November 14th at 7pm.