National Archives Presents Genealogy Series: 1950 Census

The National Archives presents a Genealogy Series on the 1950 Census. The series began in March and will continue until May 25. Pre-recorded videos will be broadcast on NARA’s YouTube channel at 1 pm.

The 1950 Census Series will provide family history research tools and an overview of specific topics. Prior presentations include: Overview of What’s on the 1950 Census, Mapping the 1950 Census, The 1950 Census Website: Design, Development, and Features to Expect, and The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule.

On May 11 at 1 pm, NARA will broadcast From Parchments to Printouts: History of the Census from 1790 to 1950 by Sharon Tosi Lacey, Chief Historian for the U.S. Census Bureau. The 1950 Census marked the beginning of pivotal changes in society: economically, demographically, and technologically.

On May 18 at 1 pm, NARA will broadcast History of Census Records and the National Archives by Jessie Kratz, Historian of the National Archives based in Washington, DC. Kratz will present the history of census records in relation to the history of the National Archives.

On May 25 at 1 pm, NARA will broadcast Historic Census Bureau Sources for Filipino, Guamanian and Chamorro, American Samoan, and Native Hawaiian Research by Christopher Martin, historian of the U.S. Census Bureau. This presentation will focus on historic Census Bureau resources for Filipinos, Guamanians and Chamorros, American Samoans, and Native Hawaiians.

Throughout the broadcasts, attendees are welcome to participate and ask questions, and presenters will respond in real time. All videos and handouts will remain on the NARA website and YouTube channel. For more information on the 1950 Census Series, click here.

The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, censuses, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For more information about National Archives holdings, click here.