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Sonoma County Genealogical Society Joins the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project

S.C.G.S has joined forces with genealogy societies and organizations around the country as part of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. The initiative aims to publish a free, online searchable name index of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census after images of the census are released to the public in April 2012.   This online index will be free forever, offering family history researchers a rich genealogical data set for their ongoing use. Three leading genealogy organizations, Archives.com, FamilySearch International, andfindmypast.com, launched the initiative at the end of last year, and the project is already engaging volunteers to help provide this invaluable resource to family historians around the world as soon as possible.

The index created by the project will allow the public to easily search every person found in the census and view digital images of the original census pages where he or she is listed. The highly anticipated 1940 U.S. Census is expected to be the most popular U.S. record collection released to date.

“The 1940 Census is attractive to both new and experienced researchers because most people in the United States can remember a relative that was living in 1940. It will do more to connect living memory with historical records and families than any other collection previously made available,” said David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is also receiving support from leading societal organizations like the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and Ohio Genealogical Society, as well as other societies around the United States.

Go to www.the1940census.com/society and register to participate with our society.  Simply select Sonoma County Genealogical Society-CA on the profile screen when creating your account. Every new person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today!

For more information contact your 1940 S.C.G.S. Project Administrator. Trisha Bomar at trishagilroy@gmail.com

Also watch the 1940 U.S Census Community Project video on YouTube!



Generations Publishes Kids’ Genealogy Textbooks

Generations publishes six new genealogy textbooks for kids. Parents, teachers, and genealogical societies looking for a how-to genealogy textbook for elementary through high school-aged students need to look no further. In Branching Out, a new series available from Generations, author and professional genealogist Jennifer Holik provides parents and educators with the tools they need to teach genealogical research skills to children and teens.

Through thirty fun and educational lessons, students will learn the foundations of genealogy and how to begin research on a level that they can understand and enjoy. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept.

The Branching Out series of books begins with six paperback textbooks which are also available as a PDF or PowerPoint download. The PowerPoint files, which were created with the visual and hands-on learner in mind, contain the same information as the textbooks with a few fun and interactive extras.

The Branching Out: Genealogy Lessons for Adults will be released in April with additional books for families, genealogical societies, and educators to be published later in 2012.

The books are available on CreateSpace in paperback form at the links provided. The PDF and PowerPoint files are available at the Generations Store at: http://www.e-junkie.com/generations

Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15

Book $24.95

PDF $17.95

PowerPoint $17.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

Book $29.95

PDF $20.95

PowerPoint $20.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15

Book $26.95

PDF $18.95

PowerPoint $18.95


Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

Book $32.95

PDF $23.95

PowerPoint $23.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15

Book $29.95

PDF $20.95

PowerPoint $20.95


Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

Book $34.95

PDF $24.95

PowerPoint $24.95

If you live in the Chicagoland area, you can meet Jennifer and purchase books at the Fountaindale Public Library’s Author Fair on Saturday, April 14, 2012. For more information visit the Generations Blog.