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Jan 31, 2022

Access Your Personal US Census Information Without Waiting 72 Years–for a Fee

From an announcement issued by the U.S. Census Bureau:

While the 1950 US Census release is getting closer— April 1, 2022 – did you know you can obtain your personal information from 1910 up through the US 2020 census for a fee of $65.00 for one person only. Information can be released only to the named person, his/her heirs ,or legal representation. This is called the age search service of the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bureau accepts personal checks and money orders- they do not accept credit cards.

Persons use these transcripts to qualify for Social Security, other retirement benefits, making passport applications, proving relationships in settling estates, in genealogy research, etc. or to satisfy other situations where a birth o other certificate may be needed but is not available.

Note: The census with individual name are not on a computer but on microfilm arranged according to address at the time of the census.

For information on minor children, those who have not reached the legal age of 18, may be obtained by written request of either the parent or guardian. A guardian must provide a copy of the court order naming them as such.

For information on deceased persons, the application must be signed by (1) a blood relative in the immediate family (parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent), (2) the surviving wife or husband, (3) the administrator or executor of the estate, or (4) a beneficiary by will or insurance. On all instances a copy of the death certificate must be provided and the relationship of the deceased must be stated on the application.

An official census transcript will list the person’s name, relationship to household head, age at the time of the census, and state of birth. Citizenship will be provided if the person was foreign born. Single items of data such as occupation for Black Lung cases can be provided upon request. If a person is not found, a form will be sent with that information.

The full schedule is the complete one line entry of personal data recorded for that individual ONLY. This will be furnished in addition to the regular transcript. There is an additional charge of $10.00 for each full schedule. They are not available for 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000.

You can contact the National Processing Center at (812) 218-3046. Their fax number is (812) 218-3371.

See: https://www.census.gov/topics/population/genealogy/agesearch.html

On the aforementioned website there is a link for applications for a search for the census records.

To read previous postings about the 1950 U.S. Census , and more, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. You must be registered to access the archives. To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization with whom you are affiliated You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.