United States Census 1920 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a name-searchable index and images with records of people living in the United States in 1920. This was the fourteenth national census. There were 107.5 million individuals enumerated this census year. The index was created by FamilySearch and Ancestry.com.

 

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What Can I Learn from Census Records?

 

These records may include:

  • State, county, township, town/city, precinct and enumeration district
  • Date census was taken (information given based on a 1 January 1920 date)
  • Street name and house number
  • Name of head of household
  • Names of all members of household
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age (can be used to calculate the approximate birth year)
  • Marital status (single, married, widowed or divorced)
  • Immigrant or naturalized citizen
  • Date of naturalization
  • Whether attended school or not
  • Able to read and write?
  • Birthplace of each member
  • Language spoken
  • Father’s birthplace
  • Mother’s birthplace
  • Occupation

 

How Can Census Records Help Me Find Other Records?

 

With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States

 

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