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From: Cyndi Howells <>
Subject: 1930 U.S. Federal Census
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 00:56:07 -0800

Hello all -

On April 1, 2002, genealogists will finally have the privelege to access
microfilm copies of the U.S. Federal Census for 1930. The National Archives
and its branches ( will all have
copies of the microfilm immediately. Libraries and LDS Family History
Centers will have copies shortly after its release. In honor of this
momentous occasion, I have compiled a list of online resources to help you
prepare for research with this terrific new source. I am sure that we will
also see many new resources published online over the next several months,
including digitized copies of the microfilmed images.

Good luck to you all,

The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) has done a wonderful
job updating their web site with new information and tools to use when
researching with the 1930 census. Read the original press release dated
December 14, 2001 regarding the release of the 1930 census:
National Archives To Release 1930 Census on April 1, 2002

NARA 1930 Census Microfilm Locator
From NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration. Contains the
microfilm lists for the 1930 population schedules and the Soundex indexes.
Allows the user to search geographically for a specific place name to
determine in which enumeration district it will be found. This gives you
the information you need in order view the correct roll of microfilm.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Research the 1930 Census Microfilm

Microfilm Samples

Search Strategies

Search Strategies: Geographic Method

Search Strategies: Other Geographic Resources

Search Strategies: Soundex Method

Registration Procedures for Viewing 1930 Census

Table of Contents for 1930 Census Information

Claire Kluskens, from NARA, has begun a discussion group for the 1930 census:
1930 Census Research Problems Discussion Group

See also:
Genealogical Research at the National Archives

1930 Enumeration Form
Sample picture of the form.

1930 Enumerator Instructions

Census Questions (1930)

Circa 1930 City Directories Available at NARA
Listing of microfilmed city directories available at the National Archives.
Use as an alternative to an index or soundex.

Clues in Census Records, 1850-1930
From NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration.

Devoted to making easier the conversion between street locations to census
district numbers for the top 100 cities on the 1930 U.S. Census. Text files
of over 40 U.S. Cities containing street names within each census district
should be done by April 2002; several urban areas are already posted.

Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities)
Online searchable database for 56 of the top population areas in the U.S.
which provides Enumeration District numbers based on street locations.

What To Expect From The 1930 US Census
Lists areas that have been soundexed and details the information found on
the census schedules.

The 1930 U.S. Federal Census is on National Archives Microfilm Publication
T626 (2,667 rolls).

10 Southern States were soundexed:
North Carolina
South Carolina
A few counties in Kentucky & West Virginia were also included in the soundex.

One of the questions on the 1930 census was whether or not the family had a
radio in the home.

Your Guide to the Federal Census
by Kathleen W. Hinckley

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records
by Lou Szucs

The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules
and Indexes
by William Dollarhide

The American Census Handbook
by Thomas Jay Kemp

U.S. - Census(885 links)

City Directories(176 links)

Census Related Sites Worldwide (144 links)

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