1950 US Census

Ancestry has completed an early name index of the entire US 1950 census based on their handwriting recognition technology. Not all fields have been indexed. While verification through FamilySearch continues, Ancestry was confident enough with the handwriting technology quality to release this early version.

How good is it? Comparing state population totals with the official ones, Ancestry has some states with more, some less. Ohio stands out among the most populous states, missing about one million people.

The census is free to search and view results, including the original census form images.

What are some other interesting results?

Nearly 5% of the population of Vermont and 2% of Michigan’s population were born in Canada.

835,436 US residents were born in the UK.

3 Replies to “1950 US Census”

  1. It is not surprising to read that a significant number of people in MIchigan and Vermont were born in Canada. My own family had many members who migrated through MIchigan in search of work, and a large number of French Canadians migrated through Vermont and New England in search of work as well. Cheers, BT

  2. I haven’t found any of my relatives yet, born in Newfoundland. In some previous censues they have treateed Newfoundland as part of Canada. No matter how many times I try, I have been unable to convince them that Newfoundland was separate from Canada until 1949. I will be interested to see what is given as the birthplace of my aunts, uncles and many cousins. The one cousin I have seen gives her birthplace as “Canada (other)”

  3. Almost too easy — two great uncles and a great aunt in Michigan, name, year of birth and where, where living … all popped up first in results.

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