Genealogical Society to Mark Release of 1950 Census Data with Mid-Century Flair | Homes and lifestyle
Posted on April 21, 2022
| 10:20 a.m.
The Santa Barbara County Genealogy Society will host an open house and 1950s-themed costume event to celebrate the April 1 release of 1950 federal census data. The free event will be from 11 a.m. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at the Sahyun Genealogical Library, 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara.
Keeping with the 50s theme, the party will feature hot dogs, vintage treats, games, a photo exhibit and mid-century memorabilia.
The publication of census data from the 1950s is to genealogy what the appearance of a comet is to astronomers. The US census is only taken every 10 years and the information is kept under lock and key for confidentiality for 72 years.
The 1950 census asked 20 general questions; additional questions were asked of six people on each sheet whose name fell on a highlighted line labeled “Sample”. These additional questions provide genealogists with valuable information about their family members, including income, occupation, and military service.
Learn more about the event and the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society at SBGen.org.