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Genealogy Series 2022 Kicks Off With “What's on the 1950 Census”

Editor’s note: The National Archives and Records Administration is scheduled to release the records of the 1950 Census on April 1, 2022. Sign up for updates and a reminder to join the transcription project.

By Victoria Macchi | National Archives News

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2022 — The National Archives and Records Administration debuted the first of seven planned sessions in its 2022 Genealogy Series last week with an “Overview of What's on the 1950 Census," led by archivist and genealogy and census subject matter expert Claire Kluskens.

The events, which focus on the April 1 release of the 1950 Census records, are free and do not require registration. Each session will be led by a records expert from the National Archives or the U.S. Census Bureau, and will feature real-time chat with the presenters. Read more about the scheduled sessions, including how to watch and participate, on the National Archives website.

“Our staff has created a stellar series that really highlights the 1950 Census records and provides substantive information on what to expect from these documents, and how our website will function,” said Chris Naylor, Acting Executive for Research Services. “Having our experts available to chat with the public during these sessions allows us to provide a more personalized level of support in an online setting and really connect with the researchers who will be digging into these records.”

Program analyst Andréa Matney, who is the program coordinator for the Genealogy Series, added: “Our audience of genealogists is ever-growing as more people become interested in their ancestors.The census records are often the first place someone looks to find answers about their family's history. I am thrilled to be part of the education we are providing so these records feel more accessible to the every-day family researcher.”

Viewers unable to attend the series during the premiere broadcasts will still be able to watch the videos on YouTube and download presentation materials at any time. See past Genealogy Series and Fairs.

National Archives Genealogy Series: 1950 Census

March 2 at 1 p.m. ET Overview of What's on the 1950 Census
March 16 at 1 p.m. ET Mapping the 1950 Census: Census Enumeration District Maps at the National Archives
March 30 at 1 p.m. ET The 1950 Census Website: Design, Development, and Features to Expect
April 27 at 1 p.m. ET The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule
May 11 at 1 p.m. ET From Parchments to Printouts: History of the Census from 1790 to 1950
May 18 at 1 p.m. ET History of Census Records and the National Archives
May 25 at 1 p.m. ET Historic Census Bureau Sources for Filipino, Guamanian and Chamorro, American Samoan, and Native Hawaiian Research

Stay updated on the latest 1950 Census information:

  • Explore! Follow along at
  • Collaborate! Sign-up for updates as we count-down to April 1 and a reminder to join the transcription project and support access to our nation’s history here.
  • Discuss! Join the conversation about the 1950 Census and broader genealogy questions on NARA’s History Hub.
  • Engage! Attend the National Archives Genealogy Series: 1950 Census (free and no registration required)

You can also read more about enhanced digital access and public collaboration opportunities on National Archives Newsand follow the National Archives on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as we share images and documents related to the 1950 Census.