1940 Census Day: Hometown Pride Edition

That’s right. Whether you’re looking for a long lost relative, doing industry research on regional demographics, in charge of a Historical Society, or just a Nosey Nellie, the 1940 Census is online and ready for your eager clicks!

Do take a look at the site first though. The National Archives have set up some great tutorials, both in print and in video form, to make your searching and understanding of the results a little more intuitive.

As to be expected, the excitement and curiosity levels are high for this excellent project and the site is experiencing some minor wait times. Be patient! I waited a few more than a few minutes and found this excellent map of the town I grew up in!

Stoughton, aka Tough-Town (a modern nicknaming), c1940


Looking for something New York-centric , but a little more specific, and feel lost without a proper census enumeration district? Head on over to NYPL, where you can search newly-digitized phone books and convert simple addresses into data that will help your Census search go more smoothly! 

Pinterest Personal Archiving, Part 2

A quick little update on using Pinterest!

I’ve been using Pinterest for about two weeks now, and I’m finding the layout, access, and community rather intriguing. Up until this point I had been a devout Tumblr user, relishing in the ability to focus my energies on posting to, in simplistic terms, an online sticker book.

Pinterest provides me with the freedom to categorize my postings so that I can utilize the information within- something that it quite difficult in Tumblr without first providing the proper tags (and then remembering those tags later).  It makes Tumblr the prefect entertainment tool, while introducing Pinterest as a utility. Example: Book cover designer friend using Pinterest for organizing her online inspirations, images, and typographic examples for future use.

One criticism I can offer (which might just be the nature of the beast itself) is my tendency to post purely visual items. Tumblr provides an avenue for textual links and posts, which are akin to blogs. Pinterest seems to be just that, a visual pinboard of images to remember.

Recently, there’s been rumblings about Copyright issues regarding how people post to Pinterest. For one viewpoint, and a bit of background published by The Verge, head over here.