ProQuest to Distribute NewspaperArchive.com to Libraries and Institutions.

I see that my old employer, ProQuest, is taking on the global distribution of NewspaperArchive.com to libraries and institutions.

ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor-based ProQuest announce Monday that it is expanding its selection of historical news content as the global distributor to libraries and other institutions for NewspaperArchive.com, a 130 million-page database that captures coverage from local newspapers throughout North America, the U.K., and select countries from 1607 to the present.

ProQuest will offer libraries the option to purchase a perpetual archive rather than just subscriptions…


Read the full article at the March 11, 2013 edition of CBS Detroit.

ProQuest Lays Off About 40 Employees

The following excerpt was from the January 15, 2013 edition of AnnArbor.com:

Ann Arbor-based information IT company ProQuest laid off about 40 employees on Tuesday, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Ah… I see my old employer is making some changes… These things always make empolyees nervoud, especially if that employee happens to lose their job. ProQuest just happens to own HeritageQuest Online.

At the same time, the company has 75 available positions in various departments, said spokeswoman Beth Dempsey.

“The bottom line is this: we are not decreasing our workforce,” Dempsey said.

“We’re in the information industry. It is an exceptionally competitive and dynamic industry. Really, you have to just constantly be shifting and making sure you’re giving your customers the best experience possible,” she continued.

ProQuest — which is headquartered on Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor and has a facility on James L. Hart Parkway in Ypsilanti Township — employs 625 people in Washtenaw County.

The company scans and archives millions of documents, including newspapers, dissertations and literature collections. In 2010, the company moved into a 40,000-square-foot space in Ypsilanti Township where employees scan, index and iron print products to film them.

Dempsey said the job eliminations are positions across the U.S. and could not specify how many people were laid off in Washtenaw County.

Read the full article.

Major Changes in the 1940 Census Indexed States!

Both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.com have made major progress this week in posting of Indexes to the 1940 Census. The following info includes indexes that are currently being posted the night of Thursday, June 28-Friday June 29, 2012.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com – As of tonight (Thursday-Friday June 28-29) the following sites can be searched by name at Ancestry.com:

  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • and New York

NEW! Ancestry is the only site that has the District of Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee indexes available. The 1940 New York images and Index are available free of charge to New York State residents. The 1940 census records will remain searchable for freethrough 2013 at Ancestry.com/1940. Indexes to the following states are posting the night of Thursday, June 28 at Ancestry.com:

  • Colorado – NEW
  • Ohio – NEW
  • Pennsylvania – NEW
  • Tennessee – NEW
  • Vermont – NEW
  • Virginia – NEW

These states will join the collection with the above four other searchable states and Washington D.C. (ME, NV, DE, NY). These ten states (and D.C.) make up more than 39 million records of the 132 million total records to be completed later this year. These records remain searchable for free through 2013 at Ancestry.com/1940.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project

The free, searchable database from the coalition of:

Those organizations cooperating in the Census Community Project have the following censuses indexed as of June 28, 2012. I’ve linked these to FamilySearch.org, but you can also find them at Archives.com, and findmypast.com.

Note that as of today, Minnesota, and Rhode Island are 100% indexed, while New York and Missouri are 99% indexed, and Arkansas is 95% indexed by the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, but the indexes are posted yet.

MyHeritage.com – WorldVitalRecords.com

MyHeritage.com and WorldVitalRecords.com have part of Rhode Island and the state of New York indexed.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project has Indexed and Posted the 1940 Census for Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia & New Hampshire

The most exciting news from the National Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati is that volunteers have now indexed over 30% of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census of 3.8 million records in just 37 days. Six states have now gone through the finalizing process (which takes about a week) with Oregon and Virginia going online on Wednesday. As of this moment Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire are now fully indexed and posted online at Archives.com, FindMyPast.com, National Archives, ProQuest, and FamilySearch.org.

Lucky for me… I just happened to have all kinds of family living in Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia in 1940. This is all very exciting for me. Thanks to over 100,000 volunteers, my family history is expanding rapidly.

I did not know specifically where my father lived in Oregon in 1940 until today. With my grandson, Nicholas, in one arm I stopped by the FamilySearch.org booth at the NGS Conference and did a quick check of the index for the 1940 Oregon census. I found him instantly. I’d known that he lived in the same home with his sister and niece. However, I didn’t know or I’d forgotten that my twice-widowed grandmother, Nellie, also lived with them. One tiny tidbit that I found fascinating was that Dad (Theodore Meitzler) was farming, and rented their home for $5 a month. He married my mother to following January 1 (1941).

The following News Release gives more details:

SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project announced today the availability of a free, searchable index of 1940 U.S. census records for six U.S. states, including Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire. Records for these states are now searchable by name, location and family relations thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide.

“For the past month, Community Project partners have worked to establish the first free, searchable database of 1940 U.S. census records made possible entirely through the hard work of volunteers,” said Josh Taylor, spokesperson for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. “We’re proud to bring easily searchable 1940 U.S. census records for Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and New Hampshire online for people to learn about their ancestors and life and times in these states more than 72 years ago.”

Since April 2, Community Project volunteers have indexed more than 45 million records and this number continues to grow quickly as more than 10,000 volunteers sign up each week. Those interested in lending a hand can learn more and sign up to be an official 1940 U.S. census volunteer indexer at the 1940 census website (the1940census.com). The project will release searchable records for individual states on an ongoing basis with an aim to make the entire 1940 U.S. census searchable by the end of 2012.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a joint initiative between the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, findmypast.com, ProQuest and other leading genealogy organizations. Thanks to advancements in technology and to volunteers nationwide, Project partners and volunteers can lend a voice to countless untold stories of their ancestors living, working and persevering as the “Greatest Generation.”

“When you index U.S. census records, what you’re essentially doing is stepping back in time and walking in the shoes of the enumerator some 72 years prior,” said Megan Smolenyak, spokesperson for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. “The indexing experience is much like walking down a street, ringing doorbells and learning about a specific neighborhood in 1940. Only now, volunteers can explore these fascinating records from the comfort of our own homes.”

To learn more about the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project and to track real-time progress of volunteer indexing efforts, visit the1940census.com.

About the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project (the1940census.com)
The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a web-based, national service project with the goal of creating as soon as possible a free, high quality online index linked to the complete set of census images. The index will allow the public to easily search every person found in the census and view digital images of the original census pages. The collection will be available online for free to the general public at 1940census.archives.gov, Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, findmypast.com and by ProQuest.com through public libraries. All of these organizations are respective website sponsors of the community project. Archives.com, findmypast.com, and ProQuest will make substantial financial contributions to make the 1940 U.S. census online name index possible and will work with the nonprofit organization FamilySearch to bring additional new historic records collections online–making even more highly valued family history resources available to the entire genealogical community.