Big Picture

Big Picture

See how other resources at Ancestry® can take your census search further.

See how other resources at Ancestry® can take your census search further.

By the Ancestry® Team

By the Ancestry® Team

1950 Census Page   >   Big Picture

1950 Census Page   >   Big Picture

While the 1950 census is a valuable snapshot in time, there are plenty of ways we broaden the lens to get
a more complete look at your relatives’ lives. Here’s a list* of ideas to take you beyond the 1950 census.

While the 1950 census is a valuable snapshot in time, there are plenty of ways we broaden the lens to get a more complete look at your relatives’ lives. Here’s a list* of ideas to take you beyond the 1950 census.

Search for school photos

Before your grandma was your grandma, she was probably a student in high school. Through our vast collection of yearbook photos, you might see your relatives in their 1950s class photos, see who they attended class with, what activities motivated them, or discover what they excelled at.

Visit their neighborhood

While the 1950 census can give you a family’s address, supplementing it with city directories can give you insight about their community at large. See ads from the places they shopped, pinpoint where the fire station was or the local post office. Were they in a bustling urban area or in a newly built suburb? 

Get the news like they did

While radio and TV were going strong in 1950, newspapers were still the most powerful form of getting information for your 1950 relatives. Newspapers.com™ can let you read the exact articles they might have been reading at their breakfast table or learn what movie was playing at their local theater. 

Understand their service

Many of the men and women in your family may have just returned from military service during WWII. While a number of military records are still protected, you might find men in your family in draft cards from the WWII “Old Man’s” registration or Young Men draft cards which can give you facts from their physical appearance to other family members.

Find people who share their story

Millions of people have already built family trees on Ancestry®, including family members you may not know. Connecting to their tree can take you beyond your direct line or help you move back a generation. And there’s nothing more exciting than finding someone who has a picture of your relative that you’ve never seen before.

See a story we’ve scouted

With StoryScout™, a 1950 story can come directly to you. A grandparent’s name and where they lived is all it takes to get started as we bring together a narrative of your ancestor that sets the stage for their life and times.

Look for the little leaf

And lastly, but definitely not least, is the power of Ancestry Hints®. The more hints you accept, the more hints you could get, and the more connections you could find in the 1950 census and beyond.

*Note: most records require an Ancestry® membership to view.

While the 1950 census is a valuable snapshot in time, there are plenty of ways we broaden the lens to get a more complete look at your relatives’ lives. Here’s a list* of ideas to take you beyond the 1950 census.

Search for school photos

Before your grandma was your grandma, she was probably a student in high school. Through our vast collection of yearbook photos, you might see your relatives in their 1950s class photos, see who they attended class with, what activities motivated them, or discover what they excelled at. 

Visit their neighborhood

While the 1950 census can give you a family’s address, supplementing it with city directories can give you insight about their community at large. See ads from the places they shopped, pinpoint where the fire station was or the local post office. Were they in a bustling urban area or in a newly built suburb?

Get the news like they did

While radio and TV were going strong in 1950, newspapers were still the most powerful form of getting information for your 1950 relatives. Newspapers.com™ can let you read the exact articles they might have been reading at their breakfast table or learn what movie was playing at their local theater.

Understand their service

Many of the men and women in your family may have just returned from military service during WWII. While a number of military records are still protected, you might find men in your family in draft cards from the WWII “Old Man’s” registration or Young Men draft cards which can give you facts from their physical appearance to other family

Find people who share their story

Millions of people have already built family trees on Ancestry®, including family members you may not know. Connecting to their tree can take you beyond your direct line or help you move back a generation. And there’s nothing more exciting than finding someone who has a picture of your relative that you’ve never seen before.

See a story we’ve scouted

With StoryScout™, a 1950 story can come directly to you. A grandparent’s name and where they lived is all it takes to get started as we bring together a narrative of your ancestor that sets the stage for their life and times.

Look for the little leaf

And lastly, but definitely not least, is the power of Ancestry Hints®. The more hints you accept, the more hints you could get, and the more connections you could find in the 1950 census and beyond.

 

*Note: most records require
Ancestry® membership to view.