Welcome to the first official post on my new website and blog!

Later on today I’ll have a post about my latest show but I wanted to go ahead and get started on Family Fridays. In addition to my love of opera and singing I’m a confirmed genealogy nerd and have the badge to prove it!

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My husband and I do a lot of family research on Ancestry.com and I have had the privilege of becoming an Ancestry Ace with the recent release of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. On the first Friday of every month I hope to post tips from Ancestry.com on researching your own family history. Feel free to send me a question that needs passing along too! The folks at Ancestry.com are great at their jobs and have a knack for helping you find even the most difficult family tree members. See below for more information about the release of the 1940 census.

The National Archives and Records Administration will open the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2, 2012—the first time this collection will be made available to the public. Once we receive the census, we will begin uploading census images to our site so the public can browse them. Initially, this collection will be what we call a browse-only collection. This means a person can scroll through the pages of the census districts much like you would look at a microfilm or a book. At the same time, we will be working behind the scenes to create an index of the census that will eventually allow people to search for their family members by name as they currently can with all other censuses on Ancestry.com. Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on Ancestry.com. (information from Ancestry.com AncestryAces email)