Are Official Records From the 1950 U.S. Census Available?


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Information from the 1950 census is not available to the public until April 2, 2022. The U.S. government does not release personally identifiable information until 72 years after its collection. The National Archives and Records Administration makes this information available to the public after 72 years.

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The Census Bureau can perform an “age search” of confidential information for a specific individual and provide an official transcript of its findings. This service is available only to the named individual, his heirs or legal representative by submitting an application with the required information and applicable fee. Individuals can use these transcripts as evidence to qualify for Social Security and other retirement benefits, to prove relationship in settling estates, for passport applications, and in other situations where a birth certificate is needed but is not available.

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