Ancestry® offers new features to help you understand, save, connect, and share discoveries from the 1950 Census and beyond.
Today, the highly anticipated 1950 U.S. Census was released! Ancestry is turning it into a fully searchable collection, available to everyone for free. In the meantime, you can browse all of the record images now.
For census records to be searchable, they have to be indexed, which means “reading” what the record image actually says. This process takes time, but we’re working around the clock to index the records state-by-state–and we’re using our new AI handwriting recognition technology–so you can find your relatives’ names even faster.
We have already made some states searchable, including Wyoming and Delaware! Don’t see your state? Sign up here to get notified when it’s ready.
What’s exciting about the 1950 U.S. Census is that you will find information about more recent family members–with details like names and ages of members of the household, address, occupations and salaries, military service, and more. In fact, if you were born before 1975, you are likely to find your parents in the 1950 Census if they were U.S. residents–and if you were born before 2000, you could have a grandparent who was enumerated.
The Power of Exploring the Census on Ancestry
By pairing this new 1950 Census collection with billions of other Ancestry records, Ancestry can provide you with more details of your family’s story and show you a more complete picture of not only what their life was like at a moment in time, but also how it had changed over the decades.
New Product Features
Ancestry will debut exclusive product features to make the most comprehensive and searchable 1950 U.S Census index, including:
1950 Census District Finder: By combining a census enumeration map overlay with a modern-day interactive map, you will be able to compare landmarks, roads, new developments, and other marked features on the maps to see how much has changed over the years, and how much is still the same. This innovative feature will allow users to search for cities and even street addresses, and take you directly to your family’s enumeration district. From there, you can browse the census images directly while you wait for the full index.
What You Can Learn Using the 1950 Census
The 1950 U.S. Census provides a fascinating snapshot of an era in our collective history. Taken as a whole, it shows trends in the country—jobs, education, family size, and more. However, the magic of the census happens as you look closer—to the cities, the districts, the streets, the addresses, and the individuals who resided there. You can learn rich details about your family’s life at the time, such as:
Find Your Ancestors’ Stories
Ancestry invites everyone to join in celebrating the release of the 1950 U.S. Census by sharing your discoveries using #MyAncestryStory. To start building a family tree for free and to stay up-to-date on when your state’s 1950 U.S. Census records have been made searchable, visit Ancestry.com/1950Census.