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1930 Census was taken beginning 1 April 1930, [time frame?] (except Alaska, 1 Oct 1929)
The following information was recorded by the census taker:
Age of person
Age when record was made
Birthplace of children
Birthplace of parents
Birthplace of spouse
Head of household
Home owned/rented & value
Live on a farm
Live on a farm
Marital status, age at 1st
Name of wife
Names of children
Names of neighbors
Occupation & Industry
Persons in Household
Race or color
Relationship to head of family
Veteran, which war?
Year of immigration to U.S.
Naturalized or alien
Street, avenue or road
Number of house
Dwelling house in order of visitation
Number of family in order of visitation
The 1930 census can be used to:1
Identify military service - - military records
Identify date of immigration and naturalization dates
If there were previous marriages / marriage dates
1850-1930 Search Tips: <a href="http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html">http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html</a>
Unique Features and Problems
- Date at top of each page Response to questions as of 1 Apr 1930
- Omit—children born between 1 Apr and enumeration
- Include—alive on 1 Apr 1930 but dead at enumeration
- Lists age at first marriage
- Lists if individual attended college
- Lists if the household owned a radio set
- Lists whether the individual was at work the day before the census was taken
- Lists if a veteran and which war or expedition
- Only twelve Southern states have a <a href="Soundex">Soundex</a> index: Alabama (Jefferson, Mobile, and Montgomery counties are separate), Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (only counties of Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Kenton, Muhlenberg, Perry and Pike), Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (only counties of Fayette, Harrison, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, and Raleigh). See <a href="Finding a Person in the 1930 Census (Even Without An Index)">Finding a Person in the 1930 Census (Even without an Index)</a>.
- Enumerators instructed to spell out birthplaces for Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey.
- No Separate Indian schedules. Reservations enumerated in general population schedules. In place of country of birth for father, the degree of Indian blood was listed, and for country of birth of mother, the tribe was listed.
- Servicemen in duty posts.
- Enumerations District (ED) numbering altered for 52 of the 56 states/territories. County assigned number based on alpha order. ED followed the county number: i.e. 1-1, 1-23, 5-2, 1-73
- American Samoa, Canal zone, Guam & Virgin Islands did not use this system.
States Covered and Missing
- All states, District of Columbia, and the Territories listed below
No States Missing
<a href="Finding a Person in the 1930 Census (Even Without An Index)">Finding a Person in the 1930 Census (Even without an Index)</a> FamilySearch Wiki article
1850-1930 Search Tips: <a href="http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html">http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html </a>
1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.)