Unlock the Power of the 1950 US Census

Create excitement for temple and family history work in your ward or stake while helping others make powerful family discoveries.

Watch the 1950 US Census Webinar


Simple Ways to Engage Members

This webinar, which was held on June 7, discusses simple ways to use the 1950 census to boost interest in temple and family history work. The webinar will also be made available for those who cannot attend in person.


Create a Group

Try creating a group for your ward or stake to review the census together. It can be fun and motivating to work together.

To create a group to review 1950 US Census, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://www.familysearch.org/groups/family and click Create Group.
  2. Fill in the required information.
  3. Invite others in the group you created by selecting the group and clicking the button Invite a Member. Copy the URL to send an invitation to your group members.
  4. Approve each member as they join.

All contributions by group members will be included in your group statistics on the 1950 US Census Project page.


Plan an Event

A 1950s themed event or simple activity can be a fun way to bring members together to review the census. You can also make it fun by planning games, listening to 50s themed music, and celebrating success.

Here are some suggestions to consider as you begin your planning.

  1. Involve your ward council and activities committee in planning the event.
  2. Choose a date prior to the month of July. The project should be completed quickly, so you won’t want to miss out.
  3. Use a projector or large TV to demonstrate how to review.
  4. Practice using reviewing tools beforehand so that you feel comfortable explaining the process to others.
  5. Encourage attendees to have their FamilySearch accounts ready before coming to the event.
  6. Consider encouraging people to wear 50s style clothing and hairstyles or using 50s themed decorations.
  7. Plan challenges, rewards, or both.

1950 Census Flyer

Download and share a flyer, either digitally or in printed form, to invite ward members to review the census. The flyer includes a few key benefits for participating and a link to the main 1950 US Census project page.



Find more ideas for how to encourage others to participate.
Learn more about the project and
what to do if you (or others) get stuck.