What reference materials discuss any “known issues” in the microfilms of 1930 US Federal Census?

What happened to the 1930 census?

No. After filming the census in 1949, the Bureau of the Census destroyed the originals. The 1930 population schedules are reproduced as National Archives Microfilm Publication T626 (2,667 rolls).

Is the 1930 census available online?

The 1930 census and all existing Soundex indexes are available at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001; the Archives’ regional facilities around the country; many public libraries; and for a fee at online commercial genealogy sites.

Can you search the 1930 census by name?

The full index and census images are available at the Family History Library, and largest Family History Centers. If you, or the library you are using, have an Ancestry subscription, you can click on a name in the census index to view an image of that census page.

What US Census records were destroyed?

A January 10, 1921 fire at the U.S. Department of Commerce building in Washington, DC, destroyed the majority of the population schedules from the 1890 Census. The fire left an enormous gap in many families’ genealogical record.

Why was the 1930s decennial census so important?

The government needed to know how many Americans were impacted (unemployed) so that it could start working toward solutions. The 1930 decennial census aimed to provide that information.

Was there a census in 1935?

None known. 1708, 1730, 1748, 1755, 1774, 1776 or 1777, 1782⊗, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1905, 1915, 1925, and 1935. 1825, 1839, 1869, and 1875.

Can you search the 1940 Census by name?

The National Archives does not currently have a name index to the 1940 Census. However, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have both indexed this census on their websites.

What census years are available?

Because of a 72-year restriction on access to the Census, the most recent year available is 1950. The 1950 Census was released on April 1, 2022. The National Archives has the census schedules available from 1790 to 1950, and most have now been digitized by our digitization partners.

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