I signed up to help index it... I rec’d this email about the release. Not sure what it means about some of the states:
The release of the 1940 US Census is just days away! The excitement and enthusiasm for this project is far greater than anything weve seen in the six years that FamilySearch indexing has been available. We couldnt be happier with the response, but we know this level of interest is going to challenge the capabilities of the indexing system.
There are some ways we can all help to reduce the system stress and keep everyone busily working to complete the census. Here are some ideas to consider:
Take your time getting started. Were all anxious, but there will still be plenty of work to go around after a few days. The first five states that will be available by Monday evening are:
It is from FamilySearch.org, a free LDS genealogical site.
It will be free at Ancestry.com for a year. There is no index anywhere yet. To find people, one must know where they were living. As of now, Ancestry has some or all of DC & NV online. The National Archives will release it on their site at 9am ET. Nat Archives has maps of the Enumeration Districts (which are needed to find people) or one can use this handy calculator: http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html
I consider this a very exciting day. It will be the 1st census with one of my parents in it - my deceased father...