I was so excited, I couldn't sleep. Sunday night I had a sudden fear hit that I might oversleep and miss the party. It never would have happened as I have 3 kids to get to school...but it was a moment of panic just at the thought. I tossed and turned in bed all night thinking out my strategy with the morning's schedule to be awake, showered, dressed, and ready to go at 8:30 when the live launch event started. Hubby was off work, so he could take the kids to school, allowing me to not have to drive home in a frenzy to get back to my computer before all of the excitement began.
I dragged my sleep-deprived self out of bed at 7:15 and checked my Twitter feed to see what the morning's chatter was about in regards to the census release. I started reading and realized that I had misunderstood (or maybe forgotten) that Ancestry.com was being given the images at 12:01 am on April 2nd, and they were already at work getting the images online, and some WERE already online! By 7:30, I was at my computer, thanking the genealogy gods that I had Hoosier ancestors since Indiana was one of the first states that Ancestry had put up.
(So much for showering and getting ready for that 8:30 launch event...)
Let me clarify, this was not how I had wanted to make my first official 1940 search. I had planned to locate my maternal grandparents with my 2 uncles and aunt. (Hey it's exciting to find ancestors from years gone by, but to see people you actually know and are still alive? That's kind-of cool!) Unfortunately, the state of Ohio wasn't an option to search yet, and the National Archives opening was still 90 minutes away...and after all, why waste precious time showering when there are new census images to look at!
So I began -
Richland Twp. (ED 76-15)...check
My first search was going to be for Ezra Carlin, the man who would eventually become my great-grandmother's 2nd husband.