In 1950, Charles Lindberg was 48, lived with his family in Fairfield, Connecticut, and listed his occupation as a government aviation consultant.
waltz disney was also 48 years old, resided in Los Angles, California, and indicated that he was the president of a “cinematic cartoon studio”.
Rosa Parks, 37, lived with her husband in Montgomery, Alabama. She did not list an occupation, but her husband Raymond worked in a hair salon.
The trio of notable names, along with personal details about their lives in post-World War II America, are among millions of people whose records are now available with the release of the 1950 US Census.
“There are people that people are already thinking now, and it’s interesting to see aspects that you can’t now,” said Jim Ericson, senior executive at FamilySearch. “It’s fun to see these people and realize that everyone could learn more about their own family.”
Is the 1950 US Census available online?
Since its release on April 1, more than 50% of the 151 million names in the 1950 U.S. Census have been examined as part of an effort to create a searchable digital database of records.
The records for two states – Utah and Nevada – are over. Idaho is 90% screened and several other states are nearing completion, according to Janelle Vasquez, program manager at FamilySearch.
A interactive map on FamilySearch shows the progress of each state.
The 1950 U.S. Census Project was supported by more than 130,000 volunteers, but FamilySearch is asking for more help in two areas.
How to help create a searchable index
“We’re 60% complete reviewing all names in the United States, which means we’ve reviewed 75 million names so far,” Ericson said.
The second task is to review familieswhich means verifying the details listed for each person in a family or household.
Initially, this task was more complicated, but FamilySearch worked with Ancestry to make it simpler and less time-consuming.
“We’ve streamlined the file review process and made it much easier for volunteers,” Ericson said. “We look forward to making the recordings available for free.”
See more famous names in the 1950 US Census
Here is a list of 24 other recognizable names found in the 1950 U.S. Census and where they lived when enumerated in 1950. The records can be viewed for free with a FamilySearch account.
Notable Celebrities, Artists and Names:
- Lucille Ball38, and Desi Arnaz32 years old, living in Los Angeles, CA.
- Jackie Robinson31 years old, living in Queens, New York.
- Albert Einstein71 years old, living in Mercer, New Jersey.
- Elvis Presley15 years old, living in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Martin Luther King jr.50 years old, living in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Gladys “Glady” Knight6 years old, living in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Nat King Cole30 years old, living in Los Angeles, California.
- Billy Graham32 years old, living in Buncombe, North Carolina.
- Dolly Parton4 years old, living in Sevier, Tennessee.
- Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)44 years old, living in San Diego, CA.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower59 years old, living in New York, New York.
- Frank Lloyd Wright80 years old, living in Maricopa, Arizona.
- Fred Astaire50 years old, living in Los Angeles, California.
- Helen Keller69 years old, living in Fairfield, Connecticut.
- John F Kennedy32 years old, living in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Catherine Hepburn40 years old, living in New York, New York.
- Karen Carpenter1 month old, living in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Neil Armstrong19 years old, living in Nueces, Texas.
- Walter Cronkite35 years old, living in Montgomery, Maryland.
- William Faulkner52 years old, living in Lafayette, Mississippi.
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More famous people found in the 1950 US Census including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Muhammad Ali, Bob Ross, John Denver, John Belushi and others are listed in this article published by Census.gov.