Sunday, November 13, 2011
When I first created this blog, even I was counting the time until the release of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census in months. The number in days seemed too far away, but now we're just 140 days and counting so my postings will increase with frequency and specific detail as the entire genealogy industry seems poised to share in the excitement of this historic release. In May 1999, we saw the release of www.familysearch.org and the entire Internet, it seemed, was slowed to a crawl. Then in April 2001, the launch of www.ellisisland.org and nearly 25 million passenger arrivals through the Port of New York at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924 was another test of the Internet and website scalability. There were more than 132 million Americans enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census and their many descendants are eager to view family details which have been kept hidden from view for the last 72 years. I fully expect this to be one of the — if not THE biggest — Internet events ever! Anywhere! I'm sure every major traditional media outlet (television, newspapers, and magazine) will also give prominent coverage come April 2012.