Turners Falls, MA - Genealogy Gathering

Come and join us! New or experienced researchers are always welcome.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hatfield On Line

This is a great site with info from the Hatfield Historical Society. It links to cemetery records: here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Have You Explored the 1940 Census?

April 2 was a big day for genealogists, who have been awaiting the release of the 1940 U.S. census since the 1930 census was released 10 years ago. This time, images are available to view at a variety of sites. Until the forms are indexed, a project now underway by an army of volunteers, the pages must be read one by one to find our ancestors. In small towns it isn't too time-consuming to read through the images. In cities, knowing the Enumeration District narrows down the search. Maps of Massachusetts, VT and Rhode Island are available at Old Maps, with links to Steve Morse's site for other locations.

Have you tried indexing? You can join the effort through familysearch.org. By downloading their software, you can read and enter one page at a time. It only takes about 15 minutes, depending on the handwriting of the enumerator. It is a great way to be part of this exciting project. The more volunteers join in, the sooner the searchable images will be available to all of us. Get more information here.