Learning How to Access the 1950 Census

It’s important to realize that 1 April 2022 kicked off the first stage of access, and in the coming months it will be easier and more fruitful to search records in the 1950 census. Now that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has provided access to the digitized census forms, other organizations can begin to work their magic as well. The bottom line is that we need patience, not everything is easy or automatic, and we each have a role to play by preparing for our own research and working together to refine the indexes.

Attempting to demystify some of the uncertainty connected with access to the 1950 census, I talked to colleagues and experts and surveyed the available information to gain a better understanding. There is a fair amount of material to help genealogists, including video presentations, articles, and blog posts from a number of sources, especially NARA, the Census Bureau, and FamilySearch, listed at the end of this article.

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