But that's not the worst part. It occurred to me recently that I now have more in common with my parent's generation than with my children's. When did that happen? Think about it. If you picture my parent's childhoods in the 1930's and 40's, substitute a family television set for the radio, throw in a better economy and air conditioning and voila...you have MY childhood in the 1960's. Both generations played outside and read books for entertainment. Telephones were attached to houses, not people. They had actual busy signals. We had a milkman. Term papers were written on a typewriter. We wrote letters because long distance calls were expensive. Our cameras used film and flash bulbs. Granted there was that whole walking-on-the-moon thing in 1969 but basically our daily lives weren't that much different.
Contrast that with the world of my children. I don't think any of them have ever written a personal letter. Certainly not to me. Why would they when they have email? They never hear a busy signal or fight with their sisters to use the phone. Milk comes from the store not the front porch. They have remotes. There is not only a television in the house but probably one in their bedroom. Usually next to their computer.
Anyway, you get my point.
So I'm thinking, as I'm looking forward to the release of the 1940 census in 18 days, that the lives of the people that I will be indexing in that census were not so much different than mine. Technology marches ever on. It just marches much faster now!
P.S. If you haven't signed up to volunteer to help index the 1940 census, click on over. They have some simulated pages to practice with. There are even some nifty videos to help you get started:
- Watch how to download the indexing software
- Watch how to register for an indexing account
- Download the guide Getting Started with Indexing