Today amidst massive hoopla, overly optimistic expectations, and totally unimagined demand, the 1940 US Federal Census was made available online.

I’m doing my part towards this by helping out FamilySearch Indexing with getting this indexed. I’ve indexed 1 batch so far, and arbitrated 3 batches – first note:

Make sure the “Highlights” are lined up correctly on the page so that they fall on the proper field to be indexed each time.

One of the pages I arbitrated was because Indexer A correctly indexed the 3rd column “Number of Household” while Indexer B incorrectly indexed the 2nd column “House Number” – possibly caused by the “Highlights” grid not being correctly aligned.

Examples of  of this are shown here – click the images to open a larger view

You can adjust this grid by clicking on the View menu and choosing Adjust highlights. This puts a grid over the image and you can grab each of the 4 corners of the grid to get it correctly positioned.

Have Fun!!!

 

A few hours after I wrote the below…

FamilySearch Indexing support replied to my eMail(s) to them with this link

https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/202/104450_f.SAL_Public.html

which covers both Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5.

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I noted with some excitement last evening that FamilySearch Indexing had a project underway with a New Zealand flavour to it – “New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915”, so I thought this was the incentive I needed to get back to indexing – something I hadn’t done in quite a few months. But alas I couldn’t get the FamilySearchIdexing application to start up – no matter what I tried it generated an error “Unable to start the Application”.

Some Googling led me to this page https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/301/103757_f.SAL_Public.html which provided the hint as to where to look, but unfortunately those directions aren’t directly applicable to Mac OS X 10.5.7 which I’m running.

So this page lists what I did to fix this problem. NOTE – these instructions apply to Mac OS X 10.5.x

Go to your Macintosh HD ——> Applications ——> Utilities folder and find the icon “Java Preferences”. Double click that to open it, and then click on the Network tab

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