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1920 Census was taken beginning 1 January 1920, for thirty days, or two weeks for populations of 2,500+. 
The following information was recorded by the census taker: 

                        Name of street, ave., road
                        House number or farm
                        Number of dwelling in order of visitation
                        Number of family in order of visitation
                        Name of each person who lived w/family
                        Relationship of person to head of family
                        Home owned or rented
                        If owned, mortgaged or free
                        Color or race
                        Age at last birthday
                        Single, married, widowed or divorced
                        Year of immigration to U.S.
                        Naturalized or alien
                        If naturalized, year of naturalization
                        Attended school since 1 Sep 1919
                        Can read or write
                        Mother tongue
                        Father’s birthplace
                        Father’s mother tongue
                        Mother’s birthplace
                        Mother’s mother tongue
                        Speak English
                        Trade, profession or type of work
                        Industry, business or establishment at work
                        Number of farm schedule
 1790-2000 Information: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf


The 1920 census can be used to:1
                        View several instances, where women, rather than men were listed as head of household in Soundex index
                        Identify date of Naturalization
                        More specific questions asked of immigrants from Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, & Turkey 
                               could facilitate pinpointing birthplaces.
1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html

Unique Features and Problems

1.  Date of enumeration on heading of each page
2.  All responses supposed to be as of 1 Jan 1920
          a. Omit—children born between 1 Jan 1920 and enumeration
          b. Include—people alive on 1 Jan 1920, but dead by enumeration
3.  Year of naturalization
4.  If a farmer, it includes the corresponding farm schedule
5.  No separate schedule for the Indian population
6.  More accurate listing of place of birth for those born in Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia or Turkey
7.  Did not list some of the previous questions. (number of children, years of marriage, military service, unemployment)
8.  Census included: Guam, American Samoa, Panama Canal Zone
9.  Soundex Index for each state/territory
10. Servicemen counted at duty posts, not in their families
11. Includes schedules & Soundex index for overseas military & naval forces
12. Soundex cards for institutions are found at the end of each state’s soundex section
13. Institutions at the end of the enumeration section
14. Originals destroyed by 83rd Congress

States Covered and Missing

  • All states, District of Columbia, and the Territories listed below

No States Missing  


  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

Web Sites

1790-2000 Info: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf

1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html


1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.)


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