Ancestry to Apply Handwriting Recognition AI to Create Searchable Index for 1950 U.S. Census #announcements #records #usa

Sarah L Meyer

Actually it is the US census that is applying the OCR and AI to index the census and that is the way that Ancestry will receive the data.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
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Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry has announced they will be using proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) handwriting recognition technology to deliver a searchable index of the 1950 U.S. Census to customers faster.


When the 1950 census is released on April 1st, it will not be indexed. Ancestry anticipates the indexing of the 1950 Census to be completed and available on this summer, with states released in real time upon completion.


Crista Cowan, Ancestry’s Corp[orate Genealogist said, “the 1950 U.S. census contains the details of names, ages, birthplaces, residences, and relationships of more than 150 million people. This glimpse into American households at a critical time in U.S. history will help people discover even more about the effects the Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the Baby Boom had on their families. Many of our customers will see themselves, parents or grandparents' names in this census for the first time, which will bring even more family stories to life.”


Ancestry partnering with FamilySearch to evaluate the handwriting recognition extraction and ensure a complete and accurate index. 

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee