Ferriero commended the archive’s staff “for their dedication in preserving and providing access to this important set of records.”
“I personally can’t wait to look up my own family in Beverly, Massachusetts,” he added.
The archive recommends users search for the first and last name of the head of household they’re looking for; the database will return close matches even if users don’t know the exact spelling. The archive used an Artificial Intelligence technique called “Optical Character Recognition” to extract names from images of handwritten text, so not all the names are perfect.
The 1950 census included 20 questions for all respondents age 14 years and older; some respondents were also asked an additional six questions.
Notably, the 1950 census marked the last time census takers personally visited most households. The bureau then switched to mailing households enumeration forms, and today citizens can fill out the census online, by phone, or by mail.
According to the archive, censuses from 1960 and later are not available to the public “because of a statutory 72-year restriction on access for privacy reasons,” but they can be privately requested from the US Census Bureau.
“The Census is full of family stories, and we know you are eager to look for yours,” said Ferriero.
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