1950 census release is a ‘genealogy goldmine,’ can fill gaps in family trees

Seventy-two years ago, someone knocked on your ancestor’s door and asked them a series of questions. Friday, all of that information will be at your fingertips.

So break out the family tree and prepare to go digging.

All of the 1950 census will be released Friday after a mandatory wait of 72 years.

Some data from the 1950 census is already available, just like we have data from every census before and since, but those are just statistics.

Friday’s data release includes free digitized access to specific individual information, said Margo Anderson, historian and census expert.