April 2, 2012 the 1940 census will be released! We’ve been waiting 10 years for this one. You will be on it if you were born before 1940. I was. I am sure it will be available on familysearch.org at no charge and on Ancestry.com for those who have a paid membership. There is a good chance that it will be free on other sites as well, but I don’t have that information yet. When I find out I will post it here. I hope it will help all of you who are researching your family history.
Today’s message is for those of you who are beginning the search for your ancestors.
One important thing you must not forget to do. When you find information or are listing what you know, make a note of where it came from. If it’s from a book copy the title page, from a film enter the film #, from a relative, make note of the name, from an online reference, note the source. And include the date that you got the info. I didn’t do this when I started and later on had to try to find the source, and sometimes couldn’t. Trust me, sometime down the road you will have to prove your information, so the source becomes important. It only takes a second or two and you will be glad you did it.
I want everyone to enjoy the satisfaction, wonder, delight, frustration and addiction that I have. So get started and join the addicts.
Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it for you. Everyone helps everyone else. So, don’t be shy. And check out my CD for beginning genealogists. It has valuable information you won’t find elsewhere.
For all you genealogists out there, I just heard this. If you order a Social Security application for your ancestor in hopes of finding his parents’ names on it you will be disappointed. The government, under the Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA), decided to extend the restriction of parents’ names to 100 years. In other words the parents have to have died 100 years before the birth of the applicant.
This restriction was originally imposed for applicants born after 1940 to protect the identity of persons who could be still living. The new restriction was extended without any announcement. The cost of this application is currently $29. So without confirmation of this restriction you could be wasting your money.
It would be wise to contact the Social Security Administration or your local office for advice. There was no phone number or email address listed for this office.
Social Security Administration
OEO FOIA Workgroup
300 N. Greene Street
P.O. Box 33022
Baltimore, Maryland 21290-3022