The media coverage worked. The U.S. National Archives reported a while ago that "Since 9 a.m., we've had 37 million hits to the 1940 Census site."
Might we have a slim hope that the media will see the audience is there and continue to help us by:
- sharing the news about genealogy educational events BEFORE they take place so people can actually be informed and make plans to attend
- promote the importance of databases (like the Social Security Death Master File aka SSDI) and help encourage legislators to keep the access open
- promote the need for funding for our historical and archival instutions so that hours and staffing levels may be restored.
- promote the need for funding to preserve records all across the U.S.
- tell readers and listeners about the efforts to index, preserve, and share records that are undertaken by genealogical societies and their fantastic volunteers
- tell readers and listeners where to find more help in using the 1940 census and other records