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Use the Inflation Calculator to calculate an approximation of today's monetary value for items during our ancestor's lives.

Ancestor Search Inflation Calculator
Based on the USA Consumer Price Index from 1913 to 2011

Enter Initial Dollar Amount:
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Initial Year:
Final Year:        
Inflation Index:
% Change:
Final Year $ Value:


Inflation Calculator Ideas for Genealogy:

  • Use the inflation calculators to fill in the narrative of any family history.


  • Calculate an approximation of today's monetary value for property such as houses or farms found in the census.

  • Calculate an approximation of today's monetary value for ancestor's salaries, amounts left in wills, etc.



The Consumer Price Index data, also known as the CPI, is provided by the U.S. Government Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistic. The CPI data used in this calculator was last updated on January 31, 2012 to include the year 2011, and will next be updated January 2013.

The Consumer Price Index data measures an average of costs for the US urban population, and can only be loosely applied to other populations.


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