United States Census 1930 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a name-searchable index and images with records of people living in the United States in 1930. This includes the 48 states as well as Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Consular Services, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The index is being created by FamilySearch and Ancestry.com. This was the fifteenth national census.


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What Can I Learn from Census Records?


These records may include:

  • State, county, township, city/town/precinct, and enumeration district
  • Name of street and house number
  • Name of head of household
  • Names of all members of household
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age on last birthday (can be used to calculate an approximate birth year)
  • Married or single
  • Age at time of first marriage
  • Birthplace of each member of household)
  • Father’s birthplace
  • Mother’s birthplace
  • Language spoken
  • Occupation
  • Industry
  • Veterans: What war or expedition?
    • Abbreviations:
      (WW) World War
      (Sp) Spanish-American
      (Civ) Civil War
      (Phil)Philippine Insurrection
      (Box) Boxer Rebellion
      (Mex) Mexican expedition


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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