Genealogical giants to tackle 1940 census

The United States Census of 1940 is coming to the Internet, thanks to a tag-team effort by multiple genealogical sites.

FamilySearch, the online family history and genealogy portal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is partnering with and to quickly digitize the 1940 census records after they are released by the National Archives and Record Administration of the United States in April.

When completed, the project will allow anyone to search the 1940 census records by name online, free of charge. At the time of the 1940 census, the population of the United States was approximately 130 million (the current U.S. population is more than 312 million). Additional information about the project is available at online.

LDS Church announces Idaho temple site

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the site for a temple to be constructed in Meridian, Idaho. Church officials announced Monday that the Meridian Idaho Temple will be constructed on a property at 7345 N. Linder Road. The Meridian Temple, announced at the church’s General Conference in April, will be the fifth LDS temple in Idaho.

No date for the start of construction has been announced, but it’s anticipated that the temple construction process will last two years. Latter-day Saints believe that temples are sacred and enter them to participate in a variety of religious rites, including the solemnization of marriages. Information and updates about the Meridian Temple will be posted by church officials at online.

There are 166 LDS Church temples worldwide.