Will I discover other family members that I could not locate in 1940?
How will it feel to see my parents for the first time on the census?
Will I find new members of the family group that I had not identified before?
I have to admit that I have been spoiled by being able to search census collections online. I will definitely index, but I will try my hand searching enumeration districts as soon as they are available for the states I need. I am really anxious to locate my family on my father's side who migrated between Arkansas and Tennessee. They have been particularly hard to pin down.
I have also been inspired to pay closer attention to the history and events of the 1940's. I breezed right past all that in my haste to reach the 1870's. This probably would explain the challenges I have faced. Perhaps a closer look this time will help me identify more resources.
Last night, I was so excited I created a chart to record the family groups as I identify them in 1940. I am sure I will find some of those more elusive family members who I could not track before now. Then I can follow the trail back every ten years. I will put the name of each family member in birth order with each of their ages beneath the census year that I find them.