Thursday, December 27, 2012

300 Million records FREE at for the next 2 days

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Below are the 30 collections that will be opened up for free between December 26-29th. This represents more than 300 million select records from collections added or updated in 2012. This has been a great year for content, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to search these records for free. The 1940 U.S. Census represents 134 million records that were indexed and are now searchable on (These records will be free on through 2013). Almost 9 out of 10 Americans have a relative in the 1940 Census, making this a great resource to start your family history journey.

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Included in the 1940 U.S. Census collection are the new fields that are now indexed and searchable. Though we are not done indexing all of the fields that we plan to, you can now enjoy the index for the following fields:

·        House owned or rented
·        Value of home or monthly rental if rented
·        Attended school or college
·        Highest grade completed
·        Employment code
·        Hours worked the week prior to the census
·        Duration of employment
·        Occupation
·        Class of worker
·        Occupation code
·        Weeks worked in 1939
·        Income
·        Income from other sources

Two individuals from each page were asked additional questions and those fields have been indexed as well:

·        Father birth place
·        Mother birth place
·        Native language
·        Veteran
·        If child, is veteran father dead
·        Military Service
·        Usual occupation
·        Usual industry
·        Usual class of worker
·        Usual occupation code
·        If a women have they been married more than once
·        Women age at first marriage
·        Number of children ever born

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