1940 US Census project completed in record time

A massive effort to digitize the 1940 U.S. Census was supposed to take more than six months, if not longer.

Thanks to more than 165,000 online volunteers, the project — the indexing of 132 million names from 3.8 million images — was completed in three-and-a-half months, nearly three months ahead of schedule.

"We were hoping for November, but if it was done by the end of the year, we were going to be thrilled. It was going to be the largest, fastest project we had done," said Paul Nauta, public affairs manager for FamilySearch.org.

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