1950 CENSUS SUBSTITUTE
January 31, 2010
Ancestry.com just announced the introduction of the 1950 census substitute. It will not be released for 12 years, after the 1940 census that is due to be released in 2012. The Web site says the 1950 substitute searches more than 2,500 city directories, precursors to the phone book we know today, from mid 1940s through the 1950s. The directories list each adult and their occupation, home and work address.
Twice I have used this lately with mixed results. It found the first and last name of the person I searched, but the results were not good. I had to sift through all the people with the first name on the same page or very near to someone else in another column with that last name. Aggravating! Although I put Westchester as the keyword and New York as the state, the results were for other areas than I had in the keyword. I tried other search techniques, but I was not pleased with the results. I will persevere and let you know of my progress.
The Ancestry 1940 census substitute gave me many more hits than the one for 1950, but it is new. I am sure that in the future the later one will be much more powerful.
Ancestry discusses the 1950 census substitute at https://mail.google.com/mail/?fs=1&source=atom#all/1263d34bb938109d. This interesting article includes a look at poodle skirts, hula-hoops and Lucy and Ricky. Those who experienced it or those who did not experience the ‘50s will really enjoy the article.
ANCESTRY MAGAZINE ENDS: The March/April issue of Ancestry Magazine is the last issue of this 25-year publication. Subscribers will have a note in that last issue explaining the prorated check to be issued. Check the website for details. www.ancestrymagazine.com/2010/01/from-the-editors/ancestry-magazine-discontinues-publication/.
HELEN LEARY’S INSITE INTO GENEALOGY RESEARCH: Some genealogists are like cream—they rise to the top. Helen Leary did just that. She is a certified genealogist (emeritus), Fellow, American Society of Genealogists, Fellow, National Genealogical Society who dedicated her life to genealogical research and genealogical excellence. Helen is nationally recognized for her expertise. You may remember her from her all-day seminar in Plano when she spoke to Genealogy Friends. Now you can watch the video interview where she explains the details of her research and conclusions. The five videos are: How I Became a Genealogist; Jefferson Hemings Research; My Family; On Genealogy; Stories from My Research. Don’t miss this. See the videos at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/videos_online.
HOUSTON SEMINAR: Clayton Library Friends presents author and publisher Dick Eastman speaking on “What’s Hot and What’s Not.”It is Saturday March 27 at the St. Lukes’s United Methodist Church, 9:30-3:30. Box lunch is optional. For cost and more information, see www.claytonlibraryfriends.org.
IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION: The U.S. Civilization and Immigration Service offer a search of their genealogy indexes. You can order the search online for $20 at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD.
RHODE ISLAND CEMETERY INDEX: A master name database is online at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/cemetery/.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.