Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Celebrates Release of 1950 Census Data
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — On Sunday, the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society celebrated the April 1 release of 1950 federal census data with a 1950s-themed costume event and open house.
The free event was held at the Sahyun Genealogical Library in Santa Barbara and included free food, ’50s treats, games, a photo exhibit and mid-century memorabilia.
The Genealogical Society has provided the following information about why this news release is a cause to celebrate:
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.
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
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