Get Ready for the 1950 Census with New Updates and FREE Cool Helps from Ancestry!Read Now
Get Ready for the 1950 Census with New Updates and FREE Cool Helps from Ancestry!
Are you ready for the release of the 1950 U.S. Census in less than 2 days! I know I am! I can’t wait!
Did you know that Ancestry has some cool new features/tools and updates, along with some extras to help you get ready for the census, that they just announced yesterday? These are all awesome and extremely useful to help you get ready for the census, and many are FREE!
FREE Ancestry’s 1950 U.S. Census Access and Countdown Fun Page:
There are 2 ways to get to this page for members and non-members:
Enumeration District Maps: We’ve learned a lot over the year on how to get enumeration districts for our ancestors, going the long route, but now Ancestry has made it easy for you to find the enumeration district maps to be able to find and view the 1950 Census indexes. So forget all the long tedious steps to getting that info, and get on Ancestry for the easy route!
You can search by:
This feature also combines census enumeration map overlays with then and now maps to compare landmarks, roads, and others features, to see the changes since!
Where will you find this Exclusive Ancestry tool? You’ll find it under your HOME page, when you first log in, under the 1950 Census district finder category.
FREE Available State Upload Notifications: Get email notifications as soon as the census is uploaded for your state! This is available for members or non-members. If you’re a non-member, then just sign up for a FREE GUEST account, then sign up to get these notifications!
There are 2 ways to get to the notifications, when your state’s records are available, sign-up:
FREE Access to the 1920, 1930 and 1940 Censuses on Ancestry: For a certain time, to help get you ready in locating your ancestors on the 1950 Census
Did you know that Ancestry will have new features for the 1950 Census when it comes out? It will have a record tour similar to the one I blogged about in my post, Ancestry’s New Deep Dive Census Record Feature! It will also have contextual insights to give you a comparison between your relatives/ancestors and other people during that time to add more context and help you dive deeper into their story! They will also have a new Cross-Record Insights feature, as soon as the 1950 Census is indexed, that will compare results from other records (such as the 1940 Census, which you can learn more about in my post, The 1940 U.S. Census Record in Genealogy: Reflecting on the Great Depression), and add more historical context to help you discover what stayed the same and what changed for your ancestors/relatives from one decade to next.
I can’t wait for these new features! I absolutely love anything that’s interactive; it makes learning about my ancestors more fun!
To help you get even more ready for the upcoming census, don’t forget to read my informative post on The 1950 U.S. Census: A Postwar Snapshot into the Lives of Our Ancestors!
To brush up on your other census record knowledge and to see what details you might have missed out on, view more posts on census records under the Genealogy Records category!
Sign up for a FOREVER FREE Ancestry GUEST membership today and 2 weeks of access to ALL the U.S. Ancestry records at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial, and don’t forget to cancel before 14 days so you won’t get charged!
Update 3-31-2022, 6:00 PST: I just came across a fantastic and thorough tutorial for Ancestry's Enumeration District Maps, that I had touched on, from genealogist, Amy Johnson Crow! She did an absolutely great job getting this new tool down pat! I am posting the link here for everyone to be able to gain more insight into this new feature! Thanks for the video Amy! I touched on it in my blog the other day, but there was just way too much to put into one blog post! Now I don't have to, because thanks to Amy, she's got everything down pat, and all I need to do is direct you all to her tutorial! 😉
Check it out here if you want more insight into how this new feature works!:
New Tool for the 1950 Census! Ancestry's New 1950 Census Map Finder
Let me know what you think of these fantastic 1950 Census tools below in the comments! Are you ready for the 1950 Census release? Do you have your ancestor’s info ready?
More Genealogy Resources:
Find more genealogy resources to use in your research, under the Genealogy Resources category or on my Genealogy Resources page!
More Genealogy Records:
You can also learn more about the other U.S. Censuses and other genealogy records under the Genealogy Records category!
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4/1/2022 10:48:28 am
This should be huge help
4/1/2022 11:33:16 am
Yes, it is! in just a few hours, I've already found both of my paternal great grandmothers, my paternal grandparents with my father and his sibs, and 2 of 3 of my paternal grandmother's sibs and their families! One of my paternal great grandfathers was no longer living, so of course not on it, and when I finally found an address and then the Enumeration District for the other paternal grandfather, it said it hasn't been indexed yet. :(
4/5/2022 12:05:13 pm
I found the enumerations district map helper super! It's fun to see the snapshots of the past.
4/5/2022 12:21:55 pm
Yes, it was super helpful for me in finding the first 5 records I needed to find, then I switched over to NARA to use their AI index. Then at certain points, I used Ancestry's ED finder and NARA's AI index together. Thre were also many times I had to go back to research directories, other famy member's births, deaths, etc. to get an address as close to 1950 as I could, and then use it in conjunction with the other methods. The difficult ones were the ones that constantly moved! ;) I was able to find my father, my dad, all of my great aunts and uncles, and all of my grandparents and great grandparents, except for my mom and her mom, along with one great grandfather. :)
4/17/2022 05:27:27 am
Interesting to read this post now, having completed several searches. After all the ED prep, I actually did well with NARA's AI index. For the one mystery -- my paternal grandparents -- I used the Steve Morse site to locate their small-town ED and was able to find them doing a page-by-page browse of their town on FamilySearch.
4/17/2022 11:05:27 am
Sounds like you did very well with your list! :) I was able to find almost everyone, by using a combination of Ancestry's ED finder, NARA and MyHeritage...just missing 2 on my list. ;)
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