1) On Tuesday's Tip - Ancestry.com's 1940s-Era Collections are Free until 10 April, Anonymous asked:
"Any idea how "later" in 2012 everything will be indexed? The problem with the enumeration system is that it assumes you know it - I'm eager to find my grandparents, but they moved around the town a lot so I have no idea what district they would've been in at that point in their lives."
My response: There are three ongoing Indexing projects - at MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch Indexing. At this writing, Ancestry has two states completed (Delaware and Nevada), and MyHeritage has one county indexed (Bristol, Rhode Island). FamilySearch has a number of states in work. These projects are ongoing, and it looks to me that they will be added piecemeal to the sites as they become available. Note that the images, and indexes, are currently FREE on all of the sites. My advice is to monitor the three sites, and to contribute to the Indexing process as often as possible. The estimates that the Indexing would be completed late in 2012 was probably pessimistic - there may be an index from every state in less than three months, since three organizations are working on it.
If it's a small town you're searching, then you could browse through the several enumeration districts in hopes of finding them.
2) On My 1940 U.S. Census Expectations, GGM Scott noted:
"...My guess is that the servers at Steve Morse's site will crash, maybe sooner than the actual census site. So I decided to have my list ahead of time.
"Information on living persons has always been available, in print and online, in voter registers, vital records indexes, city directories, telephone books, business directories, court records, property records, etc. Any one of us can buy a day or week or month on an online public records site (e.g., www.intellius.com) and find out details about any person that would aid them in stealing an identity. The right to privacy in the Constitution is to prevent the government from seizing our papers and possessions without due process, not that we are anonymous or should not be listed in a government or business record. My interpretation - I'm not a lawyer."