MyHeritage Becomes First Genealogy Company to Publish Entire 1950 U.S. Census Image Collection, Browsable Free of Charge Now

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE). MyHeritage is the first company to achieve this with all the metadata to make the images searchable (by state, county, city/township and census tract) as the records were obtained by NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) 72 years ago today were published after the enumeration was initiated.

At 00:00 on April 1, 2022, the US Census Bureau and National Archives released images from the 1950 US Census, exactly 72 years after enumerators knocked on the doors of over 46 million American homes and revealed important details about their place had place of residence, household members, occupations, age, places of birth, and immigration status.

The census provides fascinating details about the lives of the 150 million Americans who lived in the United States and its territories from 1940 to 1950. If you had family members living in the United States during this period, you will likely find important details about their lives.

“This is a momentous occasion in family history,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The fact that this significant collection of millions of images has been made available on our website just 13 hours after it was received is a testament to the brilliance of the MyHeritage engineering team in bringing consumers thirsty to search the 1950 Census offers added value.”

The records form the first national census since World War II, the onset of the baby boomers and an increase in emigration from war-torn Europe to the United States, making their publication of interest to many families outside the country. The decade between 1940 and 1950 was one of the most eventful in human history. (See interesting information about the 1950 U.S. Census below.)

To help people get started with census research, MyHeritage has released the Census Helper™ – a new feature that tells you who in your family tree is likely to appear in the 1950 US Census and other censuses.

To learn more about the 1950 US Census and all other censuses on MyHeritage, please visit the Census Content Hub and the dedicated 1950 US Census page.

Following the release of the records, here are the key highlights that MyHeritage’s research team has gathered so far:

  • In 1950, the United States was four years into the famous post-World War II baby boom: a sharp surge in births that began in 1946 (and ended in 1964). The US was getting younger: The baby boom caused a dramatic shift in US demographics and resulted in a decline in the nation’s median age, which had been rising steadily for previous decades. Ranging from 30.2 in 1950 to 29.5 in 1960 and a median age of 28.1 in 1970.

  • The five most popular names for girls according to the 1950 census:

    Mary, Linda, Patricia, Susan and Deborah

  • The five most popular names for boys according to the 1950 census:

    James, Michael, Robert, John and David

  • At least 26 million Americans who lived here during the 1950 census are still alive (in other words, at least 26 million Americans are over the age of 72 and were able to find their own 1950 census entries).

  • 30 million people ages nine and under will appear in a US census for the first time

  • The 1950 census records describe 151 million people in 43 million households

  • The US was less diverse than it is today — with totals for “whites” (89.5%), “negroes” (10%), and an “other race” group (0.5%). Today, parallel categories would make up 60%, 12%, and 28%, respectively.

  • Immigrants: Immigrants or foreign-born individuals made up 6.7% of the total US population listed in the 1950 census, with the majority being born in Italy, the USSR, Canada and Germany

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