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Joel Weintraub: “What You Need To Know About The 1950 Census”

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM
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Deborah Long
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Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton.

  He became interested in genealogy over 20 years ago and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives in southern California.  Joel helped produce location tools for 1900 through 1950 federal censuses, and the NY State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, 1925) for the Steve Morse “One-Step” website. 

He has published articles since retiring on the U.S. census and the 72-year rule, the name change belief and finding difficult passenger records at Ellis Island, searching NYC census records with the problems of NYC geography, and a revision of the biography of naturalist Adolphus Heermann.  He has a YouTube channel with his genealogy and field biology talks at “JDW Talks”. His interests including birding, and collecting interesting exhibits for his PowerPoint talks.


 “What You Need To Know About The 1950 Census” 

Joel Weintraub
Sept. 11th 2022 program

The U.S. 1950 census became public on April 1, 2022.  The National Archives for the first time had a preliminary name index on that date.  After the rollout a crowdsourcing project to name index this important resource began by FamilySearch.  Name indexes are great, if they work, however, you should know that if you have a 1950 address/location of your targets, you should also be able to see their population schedules.  Joel will provide some basic resources you should have to interpret the new information.  He will also cover basic vocabulary, who uses the census, census caveats, who was enumerated (and who was not), how the 1950 census was taken, training of enumerators, enumerator instruction manuals, census sampling, 1950 population and housing forms and large city block summaries, and problems you might have already encounter.  Joel will discuss locational tools for finding 1950 residences: the National Archives census website and their online census map collection, and his and Steve Morse’s 1950  tools, online at the One-Step website.  The One-Step 1950 utilities took almost 8 years to produce with the the help of 70 volunteers, involve 230,000 or so searchable 1950 census district definitions with about 79,000 more small community names added, and street indexes for over 2,400 1950 urban areas that correlate with 1950 census district numbers.

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