The 1950 U.S. Census Volunteer Project, launched on April 1, 2022, has brought together over 185,000 volunteers to help review the computer-generated index in a first-ever project of its kind.
We are excited to celebrate the completion of the Name Review, the first portion of the 1950 U.S. Census project. In just under 3 months, volunteers reviewed over 151 million names and are now focusing on reviewing families. Here are a few impressive statistics that show what we accomplished together:
- Over 151 million names were reviewed from April–June (123,137,864 of the names were reviewed in the Get Involved mobile app)
- 146,064 people helped review names (185,000 people in total have helped with the overall census review so far)
- Using the Groups feature, over 2,000 groups came together to review over 31 million names.
We want to extend a hearty thanks to all those who have participated in this project so far! We have been blown away by the enthusiastic support of so many wonderful people. We were delighted to hear stories of those who found the Get Involved app was so fun that they stopped playing mobile games in favor of reviewing names.
Understandably, many were disappointed when the Get Involved app ran out of English names to review, but the 1950 U.S. census volunteer project is still underway. There are still many families to review in the census. Reviewing families involves checking the household information for each family. The census will be available to review until September 5, after which FamilySearch will review and publish whatever is left. Reviewing families is best when using a large screen, but it will also work on your mobile phone. Just go to the 1950 Census Community Project page and give it a try.
More English name projects will be added to the Get Involved app in the future, so stay tuned! If you are familiar with Spanish or Portuguese names, feel free to help with the projects from Latin America currently available in the app. FamilySearch is constantly working to digitize documents from all around the world—and Get Involved is going to be key to making those records easily searchable online. Whatever the language, each name reviewed brings someone one step closer to finding a connection with their family.
Thank you for your continued support!
For more information on when the 1950 U.S. census will be fully searchable and how the rest of the project is being accelerated, read this project update article.