The 1950 United States Federal Census is about to be launched! 

Who will you find?

If you are a family historian, there’s definitely excitement in the air. The countdown has begun until the 1950 United States Federal Census records will be released to the public. 

On April 1, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will launch the 1950 census records into cyberspace. You’ll be able to access the census for free through a dedicated website, by clicking here.

The 1950 census has a special significance because it is the first census that will be indexed using new artificial intelligence technology. The indexing process is expected to be completed in record time, but you may want to do a bit of sleuthing now.

Here are a few tips to prepare for the release and to be ready to start searching on April 1!
  • Talk to your older relatives to gather information about where your ancestors lived in 1950.
  • Keep a log of your ancestors’ names and addresses. You’ll want to keep it handy as you search!
  • Get hip! Learn about what life was like in 1950 by visiting FamilySearch. 
  • Check out the nifty 1950 Census district finder at Ancestry. You can use the tool to help narrow down your search.

1950 U.S. Census Community Project


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