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Preparing for the 1950 Census Release

By Family Tree Editors
A census enumerator and a farmer.
An enumerator checks the census form and helps the farmer with any difficult questions. (Photo by the Department of Agriculture) National Archives Catalog 207899868

In this episode we’re getting ready for the release of the 1950 census by learning how to research ancestors through the 1940s, as well as how to find your ancestors’ Enumeration District with Steve Morse’s One-Step Webpages. Plus, unlikely sources for family photos and much more!

This episode is sponsored by Newspapers.com, home to over 738 million pages of historical newspapers from the US and beyond.

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Ep. 159: March 2022

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Featured Interview: Prep for the 1950 Census by Researching the 1940s (06:21)

Author Sunny Morton joins Lisa to discuss how to prepare for the release of the 1950 census by tracing your ancestors through the 1940s. Learn about how to research your family in between 1940 and 1950 with these key genealogy resources

Learn about your family between the 1940 and 1950 censuses with these key genealogy resources that reveal how and where they lived throughout the 1940s.
Sunny Morton
Sunny Morton

Best Genealogy Websites: Steve Morse’s One-Step Webpages (19:15)

The 1950 US Federal Census is going to be released on April 1, 2022. Getting the records fully indexed and searchable will take some time. If you’re anxious to get digging into the records, you’ll need to know where you relatives lived, and then find the Enumeration District or ED number. Thankfully Steve Morse has developed a terrific free online tool that will help you find those ED numbers.

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Steve Morse’s One-Step Webpages

Steve Morse
Steve Morse

Family History Home: Finding Family Photos (30:42)

When you want to find more old family photos, a natural first step is to ask your relatives what photos they have in their collections. You might get lucky, or you might strike out. But either way, don’t despair because author Lisa Lisson has 12 more places for you to look for family photographs!

Looking for old family photos? Here are 12 often-overlooked sources to consult when your family and home sources come up empty.
Lisa Lisson
Lisa Lisson

Editor’s Desk: Free 1950 Census Webinar (43:39)

Family Tree Magazine’s eLearning Producer Amanda Epperson discusses the upcoming free webinar that will help you prepare to search the 1950 census.


Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast in your favorite podcasting app or with the Genealogy Gems Podcast app in your app store, and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

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Lisa Louise Cooke
Lisa Louise Cooke