Thursday, January 27, 2022

Ancestry® Will Apply Handwriting Recognition Technology to Create a Searchable 1950 U.S. Census Index

 The Corporate Blog has released information today about the United States 1950 Census in   Ancestry® to Apply Handwriting Recognition Artificial Intelligence to Create a Searchable Index of the 1950 U.S. Census,  

The good news is:

"The 1950 U.S. Census is set to be released to the public in early April. With handwriting recognition technology, what previously took years to index, now will only take weeks. Ancestry anticipates the indexing of the 1950 Census to be completed and available on this summer, with states released in real time upon completion."


"Ancestry developed machine learning algorithms to power our proprietary AI handwriting recognition technology. Ancestry created AI software that reads handwriting from historical documents and transcribes the data, enabling our community to easily and quickly search historical records. The technology uses a unique and iterative blend of machine and human evaluation which is based on an Ancestry-developed confidence score framework."


"Ancestry and FamilySearch volunteers are partnering to evaluate the handwriting recognition extraction and ensure a complete and accurate index. Those interested in volunteering to help should visit to learn more.  Keep an eye out for additional details around the 1950s U.S. Census and the AI handwriting recognition technology at RootsTech 2022. To register, go to" 

Read the whole thing.  This looks exciting.  After the 1950 U.S. Census, what will they index next with this technology?  

There is no bad news in this.  It looks like we may have an index created by the Ancestry handwriting recognition technology available by summer 2022, with states released as they are completed.

Noe that this answers several of the questions I asked on Tuesday in Information About 1950 U.S. Census Indexing Efforts. 


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1 comment:

RonNasty said...

I just hope it will be able to tell the difference between a "G" and an "S". I couldn't find my relatives in the 1921 Canadian Census until I looked at it at the street level. I found the address from another source, and I couldn't find my relatives because the "S" in their surname was translated as "G".