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Exploring the 1950s Federal Census with Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, and Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA

For family history researchers, the federal census provides an important snapshot that can place an ancestor in a particular time and place, as well as further research by providing clues to additional potential research paths.  Although the U.S. census is taken every decade, federal law restricts the release of individual level records for 72 years for privacy reasons.  This year is an exciting one, because it marks the release of the previously unavailable 1950 census!  Join us as Rebecca Whitman Koford and Angela McGhie discuss why the U.S. began taking a census, how to use it for your research, what new information you can find in the 1950 census, and how you can use it most effectively.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, focuses on Maryland and military records. She is Executive Director of BCG® and Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records.  She will present "Cheers for the 1950 Census: Understanding and Using for Research."

Angela Packer McGhie, Certified Genealogist® and Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, is the Education Director of the National Genealogical Society and a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  She will present "Ten Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Your Census Research." 

This will be a hybrid event.  You may attend in person at the Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, or you may attend virtually. 

If you would like to attend, please register by calling 410-396-5468, or emailing  Please be sure to specify whether you will be attending in person or online.  If you are attending online, login information and program handouts will be emailed to you the week of the event.

**Please note:  This event will not be recorded.  If you wish to attend, you must register and attend either virtually or in person on May 14th.**

Saturday, May 14 at 10:00am to 1:00pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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