Will the 1950 census be indexed in the same manner other indexes are created on Family Search?
What platform will be used to index the 1950 census?
Instead of creating an index from scratch, volunteers helping with the 1950 census indexing will be invited to review the automated index to ensure that every name is included and indexed correctly. A human review will refine the index and help ensure that everyone included in the census can be found."
Here is an article from FamilySearch that provides all the information and where to sign up for updates: https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/indexing-1950-census
Read more at: https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1950
Sign up here to get updates from FamilySearch about the 1950 census:https://www.familysearch.org/en/info/us-census/1950-census/
Here’s one more interesting blog article:https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/whats-new-in-familysearch-2022
We haven't heard yet, but at Rootstech next week, we will learn more about the 1950 census.
We will be reviewing and correcting the 1950 census - it will be indexed by AI/handwriting recognition.
Sign up here to get updates from FamilySearch about the 1950 census:
Here's one more interesting blog article:
From one of the links, I read: "Ancestry will create an initial automated index using machine learning algorithms and AI handwriting recognition technology.”
Let us hope the computer program does a better job than that used for FamilySearch’s automated placenames project. If not, the (human) volunteers will end-up spending almost as much time making corrections than if they (humans) had done the indexing from scratch.
I would anticipate a record number of complaints (relating to a collection) from both Ancestry and FamilySearch users once these records go online.
I'm optimistic and excited about this project. I think it's premature to anticipate complaints.
Even if there are complaints and glitches it is a big step in indexing to be able to do such a massive project even in part by AI. Imagine how much faster we can index all those records waiting for us when this method is perfected!
Will all of us be able to help review these batches, or is there a sign up? I found a link to get updates and sign up to volunteer to index, but the page could not be found. I assume this is a special project and won't be available with our other batches.
There are more questions than answers right now, but Thurs-Sat we should learn the answers.
" new online volunteer experience and integrated mobile app FamilySearch will unveil at RootsTech 2022"
Yes, everyone will be able to help review the index! There is a sign up at https://www.familysearch.org/1950census.
Signing up at the above website will put you on the email list for updates.
Here is a link to the Rootstech video:
I have been reviewing 1950 Census records. What are we to do when a surname and first name blank is filled with the word "Vacant" meaning the residence is not inhabited. If I empty out the data entry blank and submit it, the original computer generated response is returned to the Surname and the First Name fields. And what do we do when the blue rectangle skips a person on the census?
Where do I find a list of rules for how to use this program? There is no little purple circle with a question mark associated with the data entry blank like in the web indexing program.
You might want to read the FAQs...
...especially the REVIEWING THE INDEX under ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. It's the closest thing to project instructions.
Just go down to the tiny words in the Right corner for "Not a Person" and Transcription and click on the first word indicating that no one is currently living there. If Jr., Sr, III or an initial or something needs to be added, click on the second word and add it in the comment where someone will later make the change.