Saturday, April 2, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your 1950 U.S. Census Finds

  It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  The 1950 United States Census was released by the U.S. National Archives on Friday, 1 April 2022.  

2)  Did you make a list of your census targets and try to find them in the 1950 census?  How did your plans pay off - did you find everyone, or just some of them?

3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post. Be sure to leave a link with your answers in a comment.

Here's mine:

I made my list of targets several weeks ago with names, addresses, likely EDs, etc.  I found EDs for 20 of them, and need to do at least 8 more.  

Of the 16 that I searched for, I found 13 of them where I expected them to be, using the National Archives website.  I found the following:

*  Parents Frederick and Betty Seaver in San Diego at 2119 30th Street with my brother and me.  
*  Grandparents Lyle and Emily Carringer, and great-grandmother, Georgianna Auble, in San Diego at 2115 30th Street.
*  Linda's parents, Lee and Edna Leland in San Francisco at 1726 47th Avenue with Linda and her brother.
*  Linda's grandmother, Edna Schaffner in San Francisco at 46 Rivoli Street with daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
*  Grandmother Alma Seaver in Leominster, Mass. at 91 Merriam Street.
*  Uncle/aunt Edward and Janet Seaver in Leominster, Mass. at 104 Walnut Street, with their two children.
*  Uncle/aunt Bowers and Ruth Fischer in Leominster, Mass. at 918 Main Street , with their two daughters.
*  Aunt/uncle Irving and Marion Braithewaite in Leominster, Mass. at 90 Main Street with their daughter.
*  Great aunt Emily Taylor and cousins Marshall and Dorothy Chamberlain in San Diego County at 4601 Terrace Drive.
*  2nd cousins Russell and Helen Richmond in Putnam, Windham County, Conn., with their daughter.
*  Cousins Thomas and Helen Richmond in Putnam, Windham, Connecticut.
*  Cousins Richard and Lorraine Richmond in Putnam, Connecticut at 96 Bates Avenue.

I did not find my father's sister, Geraldine Seaver in Leominster, Mass. with her mother like I expected to; she may be in Northampton where she was a teacher in about 1950.  I did not find my father's sister's family - Walter and Evelyn Wood;  the 1950 city directory said they resided at 82 Haverhill Street in Andover, Mass., but the census had someone else at that address.  I did not find my cousin, Virginia Soule with her husband Lewis in Salem, New Hampshire - they may be in Massachusetts.  For those three I will wait until there is a better index on Ancestry , FamilySearch or MyHeritage to try to find them.
In almost every case, I failed to find my target persons in the name index.  In almost every case, I had to browse through the known ED to find them.  


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ByAPearl said...

Here are my finds and failures.

Seeds to Tree said...

I found my father living with his parents, I found my maternal grandparents but my mother graduated from high school in January 1950 and she had already moved to Chicago and I don't know the address. I browsed 4 small towns where relatives lived and found almost everyone I'd hoped. On my husband's side, I found his parents with his two older sisters. He was born early January 1951 - I wonder if my mother-in-law suspected she was pregnant yet. I had alot of luck using ancestry's ED finder. Happy the websites didn't crash!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine. I just focused on one family line.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I'm very late with my post. It's that time of year where yardwork has to be done in the morning before it gets too hot!

Marian B. Wood said...

I'm still researching...but had a lot of fun reading the notes on pages of the Census.

Janice M. Sellers said...

Quiet a bit late, but bever than never?