Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1940 Census Topic of JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County March 4 Meeting

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, March 4, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Here Comes the 1940 Census

In only a few weeks the US 1940 Census will be released--April 2, 2012 --72 years since it was taken. This census introduced sampling, organized publicity, and had an emphasis on economic questions. Some standard questions were dropped, while new ones were added. The changes were not without controversy. The census has been digitized by the National Archives and will be available on-line. However, there will not be a name index on opening day, therefore, initially, locational techniques for finding people will be necessary. Joel will discuss the 1940 enumeration and its questions and the on-line 1940 locational tools that are available at the National Archives and the Steve Morse "One Step" websites.

Speaker: Joel Weintraub: Joel volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and is an emeritus Biology Professor. He has produced census tools since 2001, and in 2002 teamed up with Stephen Morse. Joel has been working on finder aids for the 1940 census since 2005, and has given talks on that census starting in 2006. These utilities, for searching federal and NY State censuses by location, are freely available at stevemorse.org in the census
folders.

For a "heads-up" before the presentation, Joel suggests that you review the quiz at Steve Morse's website: http://stevemorse.org/census/quiz.php

For more information on the 1940 census also look at the National Archives new website on the 1940 census: www.1940census.archives.gov To find out how to get ready for the 1940 census and learn about a short video on behind the scenes read:
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-70.html

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Warren Blatt, Managing Director of JewishGen.org, JGSCV founding member and board member . This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.

Due to the longer presentation we will not have the 5 minute genealogical technique this month.

Our traveling library will have categories A and B books. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our website www.jgscv.org under traveling library.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. (www.jgscv.org).

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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