Here is a guide to using the 1950 individual census records recently released for Vinings.
In a previous Cobb by the Numbers, we reviewed the release of complete individual household records for the 1950 decennial census. By federal law, detailed census records of individual households cannot be released until 72 years after the census. Detailed records are the standardized handwritten forms familiar to genealogists and historians.
Now we focus on how to get the records for each part of the county. This article is primarily intended to give readers a way to examine in more detail what Vinings looked like at the time of this census, rather than giving an in-depth statistical or demographic analysis of the area.
Here’s an image of the 1950 census map that includes Vinings (I’ll show you how to access an interactive version of the map later in the article):
Unlike other towns and CDPs in Cobb County, the boundaries of Vinings have remained relatively constant since 1950. So if you are looking for records in Census District 62 and the northern portion of 43 (which includes the area of Log Cabin Road) you can get to all the records for Vinings.
An explanation of how to access these enumeration districts is reproduced below from our previous article.
How to Access the 1950 Census Records
To access the documents, you can go to the National Archives search page by by following this linkthen press the “Start Search” button and on the left panel select “Georgia” and “Cobb County” under the state and county drop-down menu.
Or faster, you can get there via this link to search which I have already done.
Cobb was divided into 67 enumeration districts in 1950, so you will be presented with a screen that looks like this:
At this point, unless you’re familiar with historical geographies like Militia Districts, you may have to fiddle around a bit to find the area you’re looking for, so clicking the button marked “ED Maps” will take you will give an interactive map which is helpful in finding what you are looking for.
But for a simple example, let’s say I’m researching the spinning district of Clarkdale near Austell. I scrolled down, clicked on “Population Programs” and got to this screen:
You can also access a census district map to ensure that if you are looking for someone you are not outside the boundaries of where that person lived.
You’ll have to use your mouse or hotkeys to move around the map and zoom in or out, but here’s what I got for the Clarkdale area.
That should be enough to get you started exploring some of the county’s development when we were only at the start of the explosive growth to come.
How to use these documents to build a more complete picture of Vinings in 1950
Finding the documents is only the first step. The Census Bureau is recruiting volunteers to transcribe records for different areas so that the records are searchable and more easily readable. To find out how to help with this project, follow this link.