Enumeration District Maps for US 1950 Census are Going Online

The public will not be able to view the 1950 US Census until 2022 but about 8,000 Enumeration District Maps are being placed online now by the US National Archives and Records Administration. The new additions include all county maps and any map that includes five or more enumeration districts.

Quoting the US National Archives and Records Administration web site:

Enumeration Districts– or “E.D.s” as they are known among genealogists and other research communities– were established to help administer and control data collection. An enumeration district is generally the area a single enumerator, or census taker, could cover in one census period, approximately two to four weeks. Because the maps do not contain information protected under privacy restrictions, they have always been open and available for researchers to study. They also provide the primary access to the population schedules, which are arranged by enumeration district. 

You can learn more in NARA’s web site at https://goo.gl/4YPIjq.

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As of now, only through OHIO. In the search field enter:
“1950 census enumeration district maps -state”, substituting your state for “state”. This is where progress has been for many months (a year?).

Also, access through http://stevenmorse.org/census/arc1950edmaps.html
There is a pull down of states — which ends at Ohio, of course

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Even for the states listed not all the towns are available eg Teaneck or Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Always remember that you do not have to wait for the public release of a census, if the person you are researching is still alive or you are their rightful heir.

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