Thursday, 5 May 2022

Ancestry's 1950 US Federal Census nationwide searchable index

Ancestry ( has a nationwide index to the recently released US 1950 Federal Census now up and runnning, using software to interpret handwriting to speed up the process of indexing it. You can search the census at

Using the site I have just located my wife's uncle and cousins in Masschussetts, within seconds of commencing the search, so I'm a happy bunny!

From the site:

Thanks to our proprietary handwriitng recognition technology, all 1950 U.S. Census records are now searchable. Transcription accuracy is dependent upon the quality of the document being scanned. For best results, view the census image.

You'll find more about the handwriting software used to decode the census at


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