We are delighted to share that MyHeritage is now live with the first installment of indexed records (and their corresponding images) from the 1950 U.S. Census — and it’s available for you to search for free! Last Friday, April 1, hours after the National Archive released the images of the 1950 U.S. Census, MyHeritage became the first commercial company to publish a full collection of the 1950 U.S. Census images. Today, we are proud to announce that in addition to publishing these high-quality scans, we have published an index of 644,046 census records from the states of Wyoming and Delaware, which is a complete set for these states. If you have relatives who lived in these states during this pivotal time in history you are likely to discover important information about them.
The 1950 Census contains information on the 150 million Americans living in the continental United States and its territories during April and May of 1950. Within it, you’ll find information on the names, ages, locations, households, relations, gender, race, education, places of birth, and other details of those who were enumerated.
The decade between 1940 and 1950 was one of incredible sorrow, extraordinary patriotism, and ultimately hope and the beginning of a new era of America’s elevated position on the world stage following the conclusion of World War II. These census records capture a unique and detailed snapshot of Americans at the individual and family level.
In the coming days and weeks, we will release census records from additional states and territories, until the index is complete. Check our U.S. Census content hub and dedicated 1950 Census page to stay updated on all MyHeritage 1950 Census releases.
A gem from the 1950 U.S. Census
While the remaining states and territories are being indexed, you can enjoy some fascinating records from the 1950 U.S. Census image collection. One example is a record of boxer and activist, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., who made his census debut in the 1950 Census at 8 years of age. In the record, you can find his parents, Odessa Lee, age 33, and Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., age 38, who worked as a sign painter. Ali was the eldest of 2 children. His younger brother Rudolph Valentino was 6 years old at the time of the census.
1950 U.S. Census record of Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
The Exclusive Census Helper
To help with your census research, we released the Census Helper – a free new feature that tells you who in your family tree is likely to appear in the 1950 U.S. Census and other censuses. If you don’t yet have a family tree on MyHeritage, you can upload your tree as a GEDCOM file through the Census Helper. Once your tree is uploaded, the tool will immediately start scanning your tree and provide a list of family members who are likely to be relevant for each census. It is an extremely useful tool for systematic research of your family tree in any census.
We are happy to release the first installment of the MyHeritage 1950 U.S. Census collection. This index and its associated images are a significant resource for family historians, genealogists, social scientists, and other researchers for decades to come.
Searching the 1950 U.S. Census on MyHeritage and viewing records is free.
If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from the collection match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree. Record Matches to the 1950 Census collection are free.
Enjoy the 1950 U.S. Census Index!
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