United States Census 1930

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Additional information may be found on the United States Census Portal page.


1930 Census was taken beginning 1 April 1930, [time frame?]  The following information was recorded by the census taker:


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



The 1870 census can be used to:1


1930—2 Apr 1930 (except Alaska, 1 Oct 1929)
1) Age of person
2) Age when record was made
3) Birthplace
4) Birthplace of children
5) Birthplace of parents
6) Birthplace of spouse
7) Employment
8) Head of household
9) Home owned/rented & value
10) Language
11) Literacy—read/write
12) Live on a farm
13) Marital status, age at 1st
14) Name
15) Name of wife
16) Names of children
17) Names of neighbors
18) Occupation & Industry
19) Persons in Household
20) Race or color
21) Radio set?
22) Relationship to head of family
23) Residence
24) Sex
25) Veteran, which war?
26) Year of immigration to U.S.
27) Naturalized or alien


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



Unique Features and Problems

  • 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
  • There is not a complete state Soundex.

 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
 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



  • 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


Bibliographic Citations

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