Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your 1950 U.S. Census Finds

Saturday has rolled around once again and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has a most appropriate challenge for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

1)  The 1950 United States Census was released by the U.S. National Archives on Friday, 1 April 2022.  

2)  Did you make a list of your census targets and try to find them in the 1950 census?  How did your plans pay off – did you find everyone, or just some of them?
I didn’t really make a list since there were only three families for whom I was looking.
1. My paternal grandmother, Julia Sabo, and my parents, George and Doris Sabo, living at 40 Summer Street, Passaic, New Jersey
2. My maternal grandparents, Vernon and Hazel Adams, plus my two aunts, Barbara and Carole, living at 17 Paul Revere Road, Needham Heights, Massachusetts
3. My husband’s parents, Edward and Ruby Stufflebean, and his two silbings,  living at 110 E. Cypress Street, Compton, California
I used Stephen Morse’s One-Step Webpages to determine the E.D. number and then clicked on the link to NARA to open the pages.
I found all three within a few minutes.
I did try entering some surnames, but none of my families came up that way.
Any other family members in the 1950 census will be much more distant relatives, given that my father was an only child and my aunts were still unmarried and living at home.
I don’t even have any other names to currently search. Neither my husband nor I were yet born. I had only one living great grandparent in 1950, but she was living in Czechoslovakia.
I did send the California image to my brother-in-law, who was enumerated. He enjoyed seeing himself in the census, even though he isn’t particularly into genealogy.
I also have to admit that the 1950 census is the only released census for which I felt no excitement whatsoever.
Now, in ten more years, when the 1960 census comes out, I will be more enthusiastic. Not only will I be found, but I even remember the day the census taker came to the house. My mom and I were home and I was allowed to give him some of the information. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your 1950 U.S. Census Finds”

  1. That is cool that you remember the census taker in 1960. I don’t, but I remember filling out a census form in 1970 for my parents. I’m hoping it was a long form because I remember lots of questions about how many bathrooms, etc. we had in our house.

  2. I agree with Lisa, that is so cool that you remember the census taker. I don’t remember the one from 1970, the first census in which I should appear, or 1980, when I was at college, or 1990, after I moved to the Bay Area. I do remember 2000, although it was a mailed form.

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