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What to Know About the 1950 U.S. Census

The wait is almost over! On April 1, 2022, the 1950 U.S. census will finally be released to the public. This new collection offers a treasure trove of information that sheds new light on the lives of our relatives who lived in the United States during the mid-20th century. In anticipation for the release of this new collection of records, we’re taking a look at what information you can find in the census and introduce the MyHeritage U.S. Census Hub so you can easily search for your ancestors in MyHeritage’s census collection.

1950 U.S. census / U.S. Census Bureau

What information can you find in the 1950 U.S. census?

The 1950 census provides information on more than 150 million people living in the United States and its territories. The census included 20 questions for everyone and 18 supplemental questions (13 questions for people listed on “sample” lines and an additional 5 questions for one “sample line”).

For everyone, the information gathered included:

  • Address
  • Is the house on a farm or ranch
  • Name
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Age on last birthday
  • Marital status
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship

For anyone 14 or older:

  • Employment status
  • Hours worked in a week
  • Occupation
  • Industry
  • Class of worker

Some of the supplemental questions included:

  • Where the person living a year ago
  • Where their parents were born
  • What was the highest grade of school the person attended and did they finish the grade
  • If 14 years or older, they were asked to provide information about the year before: employment, income, and money received aside from income
  • If the person was head of the household, they were asked to provide information about the year before: income from relatives in the household, their income, and any money received aside from income
  • If male, did they serve in the U.S army during World War I, World War II, or any other time

Additional supplemental questions:

  • If ever married, was the person married before
  • If married, widowed, divorced, or separated, how many years since the event occurred
  • If female and ever married, how many children has she ever born, not counting stillbirth

MyHeritage U.S. Census Hub

MyHeritage has created a dedicated census hub where visitors can search and learn about everything related to the 1950 U.S. census and the census collections for previous decades. You can also find a helpful video explaining how to search the U.S. census collections on MyHeritage. The MyHeritage U.S. census hub offers invaluable benefits to make your family history research easier, including:

Advanced search capabilities: Using MyHeritage’s search engine, you can search for your ancestors according to any criteria and not just name, home address, or enumeration district. You can also search according to multiple search criteria at once, allowing you to zero in on what you’re looking for faster. MyHeritage’s sophisticated search algorithms can even identify nicknames and name variations from other languages.

Free access to fully indexed records: MyHeritage will be investing a great deal of funds and efforts in fully indexing the 1950 census records as soon as the images are released. Once this project is complete, they will be offering free access to the indexed 1950 census records. 

Easily flip between records within the family: MyHeritage allows you to easily flip between census records of individuals in the same family group. Family members are listed on the record page, and you can click their names to go to their records.

Explore related records: When you are viewing records on MyHeritage, you’ll see additional historical records that mention the person you are researching. Our database includes more than 16 billion records and is constantly growing.

Visit the MyHeritage U.S. Census Hub

You will also automatically receive Record Matches to your Geni profiles, so keep an eye out for new MyHeritage Record Matches to the 1950 U.S. census. Be sure to confirm these new matches to your Geni profiles to automatically add them as sources in the tree.

Are you ready for the release of the 1950 U.S. census? Who are you hoping to find?

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