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1930 census online worth the trouble
The long awaited release of 1930 Federal census records is finally approaching. To those of you who are new to census research or genealogy, there is a 72 year privacy act in place to protect living persons. This means we must wait 72 years after a census has been taken before it is made available for public viewing and searching.
The 1930 census schedules and all soundex indexes will be available April 1, 2002. It will be housed at the National Archives Building at 700 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC, and also will be available at all 13 NARA regional facilities.
The good news is....the records will be available for purchase, which means they will be increasingly easier to find in genealogy libraries, state archives and other genealogy facilities across the United States.
Portions of the 1930 census have been soundexed while major portions of it have not. NARA has obtained microfilm records of late 1920's and 1930's city directories to aid in locating ancestors in the 1930 Federal Census Schedules.
** Kentucky is only partially indexed! Counties indexed are: Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Kenton, Muhlenberg, Perry, and Pike.
** West Virginia is only partially indexed! Counties indexed are: Fayette, Harrison, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, and Raleigh.
Relationship to head of household
If home was owned or rented
Value of real estate or monthly rental
Own a radio set?
Whether or not a farm
Does this person live on a farm now?
Did this person live on a farm a year ago?
Sex, race, age
Attends school?, can read and write?
Birth place of parents
If immigrant, year of immigration, naturalized or alien?
If immigrant, are you naturalized, can you speak English?
If foreign born, language spoken before coming to the U.S.
Employer? Wage worker? Own account?
If actually at work on the last previous working day.
Whether a Veteran, which war?
If farm, number of farm schedule.
These are questions we are accustomed to.
How many years married?
How many children born to this mother?
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