Nesbitt Memorial Library

Muggli Completes Census Index

After more than a year of work, Jennie Sue Muggli recently completed an index to the 1900 federal census of Colorado County. Library staff began the project three years ago. At a church picnic in Weimar, Muggli casually asked library-director Bill Stein if the library had a project she could do. Stein asked her if she would finish the 1900 census index, which was about one quarter completed, and Muggli quickly agreed. The next week, she picked up the necessary files at the library and began slogging through the many remaining pages. Muggli ended up transcribing about 17,000 of the 22,000 names on the census. The index was posted to the library's website on December 17, 2004.