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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5 comments:

ByAPearl said...

Here are my finds and failures.
https://geneajournalsbyapearl.wordpress.com/2022/04/02/sngf-my-1950-u-s-census-finds

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.

https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2022/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your-1950.html

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! https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2022/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-187/

Marian B. Wood said...

I'm still researching...but had a lot of fun reading the notes on pages of the Census. https://climbingmyfamilytree.blogspot.com/2022/04/1950-us-census-read-notes.html