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Preparing for the 1950s Census Release

Debra Geesner, president, Clermont County Genealogical Society
Our May meeting will be concerning the 1950 Census but I hope that you use some of the links below to help you prepare for the release of this Census on April 1, 2022. As you probably already know the government restricts access to census records for 72 years.  Every ten years genealogists are eager for the release of a new census and try to glean as much information about that census prior to release as possible to assist researchers who will wish to use the data as soon as it is released. Before the release of the 1930 Census our society had pre-ordered the microfilm rolls for Clermont County but an article on our web site,,  explains the trials and tribulations encountered by our volunteers who were attempting to make access to the records easier by creating an index since we were accustomed to using Soundex with earlier 20th Century census records. Many researchers may recall the server failures on the release date of the 1940 Census when everyone tried to access them at the same time. The government worked with to offer free online access to a census for the first time. This eliminated the previous need for us to wait for a roll of microfilm to arrive. However, it also lacked indexing so organizations like FamilySearch and Ancestry worked to provide free access to an index. This link shows that Ancestry released their index in August 2012:
Now, we want to try working ahead of the April release to make our searches easier and more successful. We currently have access to city directories on sites like at a library branch if not from home to help locate addresses for relatives around 1950. The Cincinnati Public Library also has City Directories at their main library branch but call before visiting as construction in the main building has changed ways to access the library. The residence of your relatives in the 1940 Census could be a starting location for searching the 1950 census. You will want to find the Enumeration District for the area of your search. I have listed the link on the National Archives site for the Clermont County 1950 Enumerators District Map under the National Archives heading below. If you are looking for relatives in other areas try the site created by Stephen P. Morse, PhD & Joel D. Weintraub, PhD listed below:
We can begin our preparations by accessing some of the recent releases by the Census Bureau and National Archives to assist us in our preparations. The links listed below are found on the Census Bureau site:
Population Census Questionnaire:
Housing Census Questionnaire:
Enumerator Instructions:
National Archives:
1950 Census Enumeration District Maps –Ohio (OH) Clermont County – Clermont County ED13-1 to 51
Other sources of information include:
Family Search:
The FamilySearch Blog has information at the link below:
Cyndi’s List has several helpful links at:
I hope that I have provided you with some helpful information for you to research while awaiting the 1950 Census release. I am too young to be in this Census but I am looking forward to trying to locate my father who was serving in Japan as part of the U.S. Armed Forces that were to be enumerated for the first time. Wish me luck and I will wish you luck in your research as well.

Volunteers Needed!

As we begin 2022, CCGS would like to thank all of the volunteers who have helped our society over the past year, especially on our cemetery and obituary projects.
We are now asking for additional volunteers to assist with an exciting new project CCGS will be doing over the next few months. Some CCGS Trustees met with members of the staff from the Records Management Division, the Clermont County Probate Court Judge, and a representative from FamilySearch. CCGS has decided to help prepare case files stored in our archives at the Records Center so FamilySearch can digitize and publish them online. There are over 40 boxes of case files. We are not sure what is contained in each box, but a sampling has shown guardianships, administration of estates, and other probate records from the 1800’s. Information contained in each case file is different, but parents and children listed in some of the documents are of particular genealogical importance.
Volunteers are needed to go to the Clermont County Records Center at 2425 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, OH 45103, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Volunteers will prepare the Probate Case Files at the Records Center for digitization by FamilySearch. Volunteers will wear gloves, open the individual packets, flatten the documents, place them into acid free file folders, and record general information about the content of the folder. Please help us spread the word to potential volunteers or consider assisting us yourself. Contact Debra Geesner, president, Clermont County Genealogical Society, at or by calling and leaving a voicemail at 513-723-3423.

The CCGS Library

Thanks to Amy & Chris and the staff of the CCPL
Doris Wood Branch for their interest, support and help.
And, for helping members and non-members with thier
research. And for the new signage and our Indian Trails
map on the wall.
And to our CCGS Librarian, Marcia Jelus, our past
Librarian Kathy Payne and other volunteers for making
a so, so much more organized space. For cataloging,
repairing, getting donations in the system and on the
shelves and more....
What a great job !!!
View as you enter the CCGS Genealogy section of the CCPL's Doris Wood Branch Library.
Walking In
View of microfilm racks, microfilm reader, computer and printer
Microfilm, Microfilm reader, computer, etc.

View of tables, Obits files and part of book shelves
Books, books amd more books

You can download and print the Store Order Form and mail it with your check. Or go to the Store, select your items, then print a list of your items and mail with a check. Or go to the Store to order online, using a PayPal account or a credit card to complete your order.

Have you looked at the "CEMETERIES" page lately??
There are now 10,386 burial records in 26 different Clermont cemeteries. Search by surname to see if any of your ancestors have been added. We still have tens of thousands of burials to add to the rest of our cemeteries to finish . If you can work with Excel, are detail-oriented, want to volunteer by working from home, and wish to help with the project, please contact Paige Craig at

More and more obituaries are added daily to the "Area Deaths" page. This can be very helpful in your research.      
 As of 7 Jan 2022, there are 20,292 entries.
Thanks to Kathy Payne, Stacie Ishmael, Lee Ann Pritchard, Steve West and Pat Dudek. Their progress is amazing! Kathy estimates that there are over 25,000 obituaries in total. GREAT JOB!!!!

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February 5
My Personal Connection to New Richmond’s Underground Railroad
Presenter: Mary Allen Mary is a member and officer of CCGS.  She  will discuss how New Richmond, Ohio (Clermont County) abolitionist and underground railroad’s environment and activities affected her great-grandparents and her own life. CCGS members will be emailed an invitation and instructions one week prior to the event. ...
March 5
What Else is in the Newspaper?
Presenter: Jen Alford Jen is a member of the Indiana Genealogy Association.  For any genealogists, research in the newspaper archives is about finding elusive obituaries.  However, there are many more gems to be found in the news than that.  She will talk about strategies to find more about our ancestors’ ...
April 2
Annual Lineage Application Informational Program Along with Brick Wall Assistance
Presenters: Judith Malinzak, Mary Hawthorne, and Debra Geesner This program is for anyone who would like to know more about the available lineage programs with details on the requirements for our First Families, Settlers and Builders, Century Families and Civil War Families programs. We hope to help anyone who may ...
May 7
The 1950 Census – Have You Been Able to Navigate it Yet?
Presenter: Debra Geesner The 1950 Census was released on April 1, 2022. It has been out for one month; we will discuss how our research has progressed, What issues have you encountered while trying to locate relatives? Do you need tips to assist you with locating someone? We will ...