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1950 Census and what to expect

You have probably heard about the 1950 census release this year! Let's talk about what to expect.


The 1950 United States census took place on April 1st, 1950. The US population was 150,697,361, and our current population is about 332,403,650! As you may know, the US census goes public after 72 years, because of the average lifespan. The last US census that was released to the public was the 1940 census on April 2nd, 2012.


Were your parents, or grandparents alive and living in the United States on April 1st, 1950? Expect them to be listed on the 1950 census next month.

What should I do while I am waiting? Collect names, locations, and birthdates for family members you want to look for.

It is April and I can't find my relative on the census, what now? If you're unable to find your family member, try searching the name in other ways, for example your mothers name is Aimee, try looking for a Amy instead. Census takers did not always spell names properly. Also, names on the census have to be transcribed. If you cannot find your relative, you may need to wait a few days to find them.


Happy researching!

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