The 1930 US Federal Census is a valuable collection for US family history research and subscription sites have invested a lot of time and money in their indexes, search capabilities, and extra features to help subscribers get the most bang for their buck.
Quite a few subscription sites have the 1930 US Federal Census.
Archives (Archives.com owned by Ancestry)
WorldVitalRecords (owned by MyHeritage)
Fold3 (owned by Ancestry, primarily a site for military records)
But, never fear, free alternatives exist, including:
FamilySearch - with a free index and images online
HeritageQuest - if your library subscribes to HeritageQuest, a product of ProQuest, you may have free access from your home, with a library card, to the 1930 US Federal Census index and images.
(Updated as of 1/4/2018) MooseRoots no longer has the 1930 US Federal Census available.
That said, I love to use a subsc…
A popular collection at MyHeritage is the 1940 US Federal Census and at MyHeritage you can do simple searches but enough of the results are behind a paywall that it's truly a subscription-only collection. The good news is, if you're looking for free alternatives, you have many options.
Some of your best free alternatives include:
FamilySearch-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index and images for free (the index was created by a worldwide FamilySearch indexing volunteer effort and has been part of collection exchanges with other genealogy sites)
Archives.com-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index and images for free (Archives.com is a private company purchased by Ancestry.com, not to be confused with Archives.gov, the US National Archives)
RootsPoint-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index for free and can create a free account to view the images for free (they created their own index and search results may vary from other sites)
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