Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Joel Weintraub Has Videos About 1950 U.S. Census Locational Tools

I received this information from Joel Weintraub recently.  Readers may recall that Joel and Steve Morse had a research group that worked on tools to enable genealogists to effectively search the 1940 U.S. census, using census location tools, before the indexes were provided (about five months after the 1940 census was released on 2 April 2012).  These worked really well, and many researchers greatly benefited by using this "jump start."  It was a significant research effort by Joel and Steve and their volunteer team.

The really good news is that they have done the same thing for the 1950 U.S. Census, which will be released on 1 April 2022 (only 22 months from now).  Joel has prepared two videos to discuss the 1950 census and the locational tools.

Joel wrote to me:

"Although the 1950 census is still two years away, I decided to make public and online my two 1950 presentations.  The first actually hasn’t been done before any genealogical society.  But I needed a companion talk to my locational tools talk.  I expect that it will generate it’s own interest once people searching for the term “1950 census” pick it up.  Steve Morse knows I’m planning this, and I just wrote him about the files now being online."

Note:  I did not embed the videos - please click the URLs below the descriptions to watch the videos on YouTube.

1)  The 1950 U.S. Census for Genealogists --

"The 1950 census, the U.S. 1950 census, will become public on April 1, 2022. This is part of a two part talk on that census. It includes information on what is a census, who uses the census, census caveats, the 1940 census, how was the 1950 one run, training of enumerators, enumerator instruction book, census sampling, 1950 schedule, 1950 Housing Schedule, census questions, post enumeration codes, 1950 undercount, and a summary of the results." 

Watch this presentation at:  https://tinyurl.com/yar5aszu

 2)  1950 Census Location Search Tools --

"The U.S. 1950 census will become public on April 1, 2022. It should appear without a name index. I discuss the similar situation when the 1940 Census became public, and the initial use of locational tools provided on the National Archives website (many loaned by Steve and myself) and the Stevemorse.org website. Eventually a name index was transcribed by volunteers, but locational tools are still important for census research. Next I discuss Project 1950, a two phase project that involved Stephen Morse, and about 75 or 80 volunteers. First I had to find, through interlibrary loan, all 38 rolls of T1224 census enumeration districts definitions for 1950, and I scanned those and Morse put them online at the One-Step site. Those were used by volunteers to transcribe over 230,000 ED definitions, and those transcriptions were used on the Unified Tool of the One-Step site. Rural location enumeration district numbers can be found from those transcriptions on the Unified Tool. An additional 79,000 small community names were added to that data set. Phase 2 produced street lists for over 2,400 urban areas of over 5,000 in population and with at least 5 EDs. That also is searchable on the One-Step site. A rural and an urban example will be used to show how the Unified Tool arrives at the 1950 ED number from a location. The use of 1950 ED maps and some problems a researcher faces with using them is also discussed. The tools shown on this talk will be fundamental to successful research when the census becomes public."

Watch this presentation at:  https://tinyurl.com/y7hy8qhk

There is a handout for these talks and the link is https://tinyurl.com/yddoek75

If you want to know more about the 1950 U.S. Census, and the locational tools we will be able to use before the census is indexed, then please watch these YouTube videos.

The genealogy community will be very pleased, and are very fortunate, to have these locational tools for the 1950 U.S. Census.

Researchers should start planning now to determine where their ancestral families resided in 1950, using telephone books, city directories, or family records.

Thank you to Joel Weintraub, Steve Morse, and their team that have done this important work for the genealogy community.


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