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What discoveries have you made with census records?

The richly expert detailed records of the U.S. Census can reveal a fascinating snapshot of your ancestors' lives and fill in gaps in your family story. If census records led you to a discovery, we want to hear about it! Share your story with us, and you could be part of an upcoming Ancestry® marketing campaign or TV commercial.

1. Make a short video.

Not sure what to say or how to say it? Here are a few thought starters:

  • How did census records help you learn more about a person in your family?
  • Did you learn about an ancestor's unusual job or surprising hometown?
  • What clues do you hope the 1950 U.S. Census will reveal about your family story?
  • Who will you look for first in the 1950 U.S. Census?
  • Test thought starter

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See how Ancestry® member Bonnie Bedford Park told their story.

• Keep it short - 2 minutes or less

• Use landscape (horizontal) if possible

• Center yourself in the camera shot

• Speak clearly, succinctly, and naturally

• Keep background noise to a minimum

• Don't add music or video effects - just tell us your story!


2. Send us your video.

Upload your video file to us, along with a few more details about yourself.

• Please change the file name to include your first and last name

• To upload your file, click "Choose File" and select to either take the video with your camera, or select a video from your "Gallery" or "Library"

• If you accidentally choose the wrong video just click "Choose File" again and select the correct one

*Please note, uploads are limited to files that are 125MB and smaller

Drag 'n' drop or click to select file