Question: I tried to get my father’s record from the 1950 census and was told that it wasn’t available. Why is that?
Answer: Census records are closed to the public for 72 years after the census is enumerated. This is done to protect personal privacy. 72 years was the average American life span when Congress enacted the census privacy act. When needed to provide proof of birth, an individual can request his or her personal census information only from the 1950 census. The 1950 federal census is scheduled to be released to the public in April 2022.