In April 2022, the United States Census Bureau will release the 1950 census to the public for the first time, concluding the 72-year waiting period for this invaluable record.
The 1950 census documents the lives of more than 150 million people, giving a snapshot of each household at the time the census was taken. Anyone wanting to understand what life was like in the United States in 1950 will soon be able to glimpse into the past through this registry.
What Will You Find in the 1950 Census?
FamilySearch and Ancestry, working with genealogy societies, other organizations, and an army of volunteers, will create a searchable index to these records. This index will then enable experiences to help you find your own family members in these records. If you were alive in 1950, you will even be able to find yourself and refresh your memory of this time in history.
1950 US Census Community Project
Join thousands of volunteers as we all work together to provide a rich and detailed index of every person living in the United States in 1950. Starting with a computer-generated index provided by Ancestry, you can help ensure the index is complete and accurate by reviewing and improving what has been done through automation.
Become part of this historic, once-in-a-decade opportunity by joining the 1950 US Census Community Project today.
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