This week the National Archives launched several webpages devoted to the 1950 census, including the main page, 1950 Census Records, at https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1950. Information on these pages will undoubtedly evolve over time. The supporting informational pages include:
- Questions Asked on the 1950 Census
- FAQs about the 1950 Census
- Finding Aids for the 1950 Census
- Instructions for Enumerators and the Public
- Census Forms in the 1950 Census Dataset
- 1950 Census Informational and Training Videos
- 1950 Census Published Statistical Data
- Native Americans in the 1950 Census
- 1950 Census: External Resources
As noted on 1950 Census Records, you will be able to search the 1950 Census website by name and location beginning on Day 1 — April 1, 2022. To develop the initial name index, NARA used Amazon Web Services’ artificial intelligence / optical character recognition (AI/OCR) Textract tool to extract the handwritten names from the digitized 1950 Census population schedules. Because the initial name index is built on optical character recognition (OCR) technology, it will not be 100-percent accurate. The National Archives is asking for your help in submitting name updates to the index using a transcription tool that will be available on the 1950 Census website. You can help us improve the accuracy of the name index and make the records more accessible for everyone. More information on this volunteer opportunity will be forthcoming.
Researchers can learn more about this census from the 1950 Census blog posts at the History Hub and watch for news at National Archives News.