MyHeritage Publishes 1950 U.S. Census

MyHeritage image about the 1950 Census

MyHeritage announced that they have published an image-only collection of the 1950 U.S. Census, 72 years after the enumeration was initiated – and it is now available for you to search for FREE!  The census provides fascinating details about the lives of the 150 million Americans living in the U.S. and its territories from 1940 to 1950, If you had family living in the United States during this time period you are likely to find important details about their lives.

Though this collection of the 1950s U.S. Census contains images only, in the coming days and weeks we will be indexing the census images, state by state, so that searching the 1950 U.S. Census by name will be available to all users, for free.

To help get you started with your census research, MyHeritage released the Census Helper – a new feature that tells you who in your family tree is likely to appear in the 1950 U.S. Census and other censuses. To learn more about the 1950 U.S. Census and all other censuses on MyHeritage, please visit their Census Content Hub and their dedicated 1950 U.S. Census page.

MyHeritage is delighted to share that as they release each state’s index starting next week, they will launch a 1950 U.S. Census genealogy treasure hunt contest, where you will be given specific clues about a person or facts contained in the census record. The first person who is able to successfully locate the census record on MyHeritage and share it with MyHeritage on social media and by email will win a MyHeritage Complete Plan. Stay tuned for more information soon!

MyHeritage hopes the 1950 U.S. Census image collection offers you new avenues for exploring your relatives living in the U.S. after the conclusion of World War II. Searching the collection MyHeritage is free. They have also made it free to view and save these records to your family tree.

MyHeritage provided the following interesting facts about the 1950s:

Population of the U.S. – 150,697,361

Most Populous State – New York (15M residents)

Average family income per year – $3,300

Marriage – 2/3 of people aged 14+ were married

Most populous cities in the U.S. – Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit

Cost of mailing a letter – 3 cents

Cost of a gallon of milk – 83 cents

A gallon of gas – 27 cents

Cinema – Walt Disney’s Cinderella released

Most popular girl’s baby names – Linda, Mary, Patricia

Most popular boy’s baby names – James, Robert, John

Women in the workforce – 29% of all U.S. women were in the workforce

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