Friday, March 30, 2012

NARA Responses to 1940 Census Comments

In my post My 1940 U.S. Census Expectations yesterday, I posed many opinions and a few questions.  

Reader Ernest Johnson forwarded my blog post to a NARA employee, and received responses to the questions, which he just emailed to me:

4. The ED maps and descriptions available in OPA will also be available at

5. is incorporating Steve Morse's data thanks to the generosity of Steve and Joel Weintraub.

6.  The site will be able to handle far more than 25,000 users as has been shown in our testing. 

10. Users will have the option to download the images for an ED. 

11. Users can report errors from the site.  The reports will be emailed to the National Archives and

My thanks to Ernest, and to the NARA personnel, who provided this information.

I wonder if they will tell us how many simultaneous users were on the site at the peak times.  Or how many EDs were downloaded from the site.  Or how many errors are reported to the site.

 It will be interesting to see the changes to the NARA website at  Here is a screen shot in the "Before" condition today:

I'm curious as to how they will incorporate the Steve Morse site procedures on the NARA website.  

This should be fun on Monday!

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Good information, Randy! I'm glad you heard from NARA. Nothing like hearing straight from the horse's mouth!

Sherry - Family Tree Writer said...

Great info, Randy! I can't wait to check out my family on the Census! Woo Hoo!