1950 Census #usa #records


Jackie Wasserstein
 

Is anyone having trouble with searching the 1950 Census?  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  I was just searching and it gave me the wrong name (not close to the name I was searching for).  Also I couldn't find people that I had previously found.
 
Jackie Wasserstein
East Meadow, New York


Brian Kerr
 

Which website are you referring to (Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc...)?

-- ~Brian D. Kerr, Esq | SSG, U.S. Army (Retired) | SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired) |>>Known Family Surnames (Researching): Dessler, Walk(Valk), Mahler (Maler), Paradisgarten (Paradisegarten), Tomasy (Thomashy), Gluck, Preisz (Priess), Steinhardt (Steinhart), Grossman (Grosman), Sholtz (Shultz), Kaplan, Bloom, Fischer (Fisher), Levy, Baum, Duwidewic, Meisal (Maisel)<<|>>Known Family Locations/Regions (of Surnames): Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Lithuania<<|


Alvin Rothenberg <puar@...>
 

Jackie,
Not all of the census have been indexed by name as of late by Ancestry or FamilySearch. Only a few states have been done. I read that by June it will be completed.
Steve Rothenberg
Coral Springs, FL

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, 04:05:12 PM EDT, Jackie Wasserstein via groups.jewishgen.org <jwasserst=aol.com@...> wrote:


Is anyone having trouble with searching the 1950 Census?  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  I was just searching and it gave me the wrong name (not close to the name I was searching for).  Also I couldn't find people that I had previously found.
 
Jackie Wasserstein
East Meadow, New York


 

The official census site (1950census.archives.gov) has very iffy searching capability at this point and also relies on machine generated indexes. It implicitly does some sort of fuzzy search which might make sense given the nature of the machine-generated index. I have used it to find a handful of people and in one case had better luck by deliberately misspelling the surname - I was searching for Pollack in the small town where I grew up, and that did not turn up people known to live there. I tried Pollak and they showed up - and the index had actually correctly generated Pollack but that didn't match the search! Big city searches are more problematic, somewhat better if you use the correct election districts.

Give it time, this has only been up for a few weeks. The FamilySearch/Ancestry index will undoubtably be much better and their search engines are as well. I saw that Ancestry is indexing pretty much every field!
--
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania), Wald and Grunfeld (Secovce, Slovakia fka Galszecs)