Well, FamilySearch is at the halfway point in completing the index for the 1940 US Census. You can read about this accomplishment here. I have enjoyed being a tiny part of this history making event. Here of some of the States I have helped to index.
I tried to pick States where I knew there had been family living. I was hoping to accidentally find someone that was related to our family. While that hasn't happened, yet anyway, I have been amazed at the diversity of our great country. I have index names from a convent, a US Navy base, and a prison. I have indexed names from Japan (in researching the correct spelling of names I know some of them were interred), Spain, China, Mexico, Italy, Yugoslavia, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Canada, Ireland, England and on and on. I have indexed a 64 year old who was living with a 71 year mother. Not sure how that happens!! Also, I indexed a mother-in-law who was a man, a son that was female, etc. You get the idea. While we know these are inaccurate the rule is to type what you see. So, that is what I do. Family members who know will have to sort that all out!!
I also became a brand new arbitrator on the 1940 US Census!! I have been indexing for many years now and decided now was a great time to start arbitrating. I have enjoyed it. There is help out there from FamilySearch with training, and articles like these. And there is a Skype group and a Facebook page where you can share a batch and others will help you decipher some of the more difficult handwriting. You never have to feel alone when you are indexing or arbitrating.
I am looking forward to the Index being completed. I know there is family waiting to be found. I wonder who is out there Indexing my family names. I wonder who is going to be happy to find family names I am Indexing.