An interesting announcement was released today: two companies and one non-profit have combined forces to produce indexes for the 1940 U.S. census. The thing that caught my eye is that one of the companies, findmypast.com, is based in London. It is a division of brightsolid (spelled with all lower-case letters), which is headquartered in Dundee, Scotland and has offices offices in London, Edinburgh, Ireland and Australia.
I believe this is the first time a non-U.S. company has moved so aggressively into the U.S. genealogy marketplace. The move is not a surprise, however, as brightsolid has been rumored for some time to be looking to expand into North America. The expansion strikes as a great idea; the more competition we see in the marketplace, the more all genealogy consumers will benefit.
The census IMAGES will be released on April 2, 2012, as has been mentioned many places. However, those images will not be indexed on the day they are released. Today's announcement involves the later creation of an INDEX to that census.