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Free Download:  Blank 1930 Census Form needed to record your ancestors' information from the 1930 census.

What information can be found in the 15th Federal Census of the United States?

Questions Asked on the 1930 Census


Column 1: Street, avenue, road, etc.

Column 2: House number (in cities and towns).

Column 3: Number of dwelling house in order of visitation.

Column 4: Number of family in order of visitation.



of each person whose place of abode on April 1, 1990, was in this family.

Enter surname first, then the given name and middle initial, if any.

Include any person living on April 1, 1930.  Omit children born since April 1, 1930.

Column 5: NAME.



Column 6: Relationship of this person to the head of the family.



Column  7:  Home owned or rented.

Column  8:  Value of home, If owned or monthly rental, if rented.

Column  9:  Radio Set

Column 10: Does this family live on a farm?



Column 11: Sex

Column 12: Color or race.

Column 13: Age at last birthday.

Column 14: Marital condition.

Column 15: Age at first marriage.



Column 16: Attended school or college any time since Sept. 1, 1929.

Column 17: Whether able to read and write.



Place of birth of each person and parents of each person enumerated.  If born in the United States, give the State or Territory.  If of foreign birth, give the country of birth.  See instructions for additional entries required for certain countries.

For a person who, on April 1, 1935, was living in the same house as at present, enter in Col. 17 "Same house," and for one living in a different house but in the same city or town, enter "Same place," leaving Cols 18, 19, and 20 blank, in both instances.

For a person who lived in a different place, enter city or town, county, or State as directed in instructions. (Enter actual place of residence, which may differ from mail address.

Column  18: PERSON

Column  19: FATHER

Column  20: MOTHER



Column  21: Language spoken in home before coming to the United States



Column  22: Year of immigration to the United States.

Column  23: Naturalized or alien.

Column  24: Whether able to speak English.



Column  25: OCCUPATION - Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as spinner, salesman, riveter, etc.

Column  26: INDUSTRY - Industry or business, as cottonmill, dry goods store, shipyard, public school etc.

Column  27: Class of worker.



Whether actually at work

Column  28: OCCUPATION - Yes or No

Column  29: Line number for unemployed.



Whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition.

Column  30: Yes or No.

Column  31: What war or expedition.


Good Sense Census Tips: 

Soundex: The 1930 census was only partially "soundexed".  The soundexing system uses a numbering system for letters allowing a name to be indexed by the way it sounds, rather than the way it is spelled.  The 1930 census was partially indexed by Soundex indexing before the government halted this process due to the need for employees to work in the war efforts.  Unfortunately for those of us pursuing our family history, the indexing was never resumed, meaning later census years will not have soundex indexes.  Only 12 states of the 1930 census records were soundexed.  They include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (partial - Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Kenton, Muhlenberg, Perry and Pike Counties), Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (partial - Fayette, Harrison, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mercer and Raleigh.)

The original 1930 census documents were destroyed by the US government, leaving only the microfilmed copies for research. This may be disheartening for some family history researchers if the pages of the 1930 census on which their ancestor is found, was not microfilmed well.

The 1930 census takers recorded the actual date of enumeration on each page of this census, allowing the genealogy researcher to pinpoint ages more correctly.

1930 Census Records Online at Ancestry - Learn about the 1930 Census Records & how to access the census index and images.

Free Download: 1930 Census Form will come in handy to record your ancestors in the 1930 census. 

See 1930 census form headers - This is the actual top of the census form used to record the 1930 census.

1930 Census Search

Which US States and Places Were Included in 1930 Census Records?

All of the United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Panama Canal, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were enumerated in the 1930 census.


Where Can 1930 US Census Data be found?

1. Census Finder Census Directory - This is our own directory of free census records which can be found online.  Our directory is categorized by state and county and we have attempted to list every census index, census transcription, and even census images which can be found online.    Also See 1930 Census Search

To access the directory, Choose a State: Alabama Census, Alaska Census, Arizona Census, Arkansas Census, California Census, Colorado Census, Connecticut Census, Delaware Census, District of Columbia Census, Florida Census, Georgia Census, Hawaii Census, Idaho Census, Illinois Census, Indiana Census, Iowa Census, Kansas Census, Kentucky Census, Louisiana Census, Maine Census, Maryland CensusMassachusetts Census, Michigan Census, Minnesota Census, Mississippi Census, Missouri Census, Montana Census, Nebraska Census, Nevada Census, New Hampshire Census, New Jersey Census, New Mexico Census, New York Census, North Carolina Census, North Dakota Census, Ohio Census, Oklahoma Census, Oregon Census, Pennsylvania Census, Rhode Island Census, South Carolina Census, South Dakota Census, Tennessee Census, Texas Census, Utah Census, Vermont Census, Virginia Census, Washington Census, West Virginia Census, Wisconsin Census, Wyoming Census


2. Ancestry.com Census Records   Ancestry.com has completed the database of all US census records 1790-1940.  This is the greatest tool for genealogy research in the United States to be found online and it does include the entire collection of 1930 census records enumerated in the United States.  While it is a paid subscription, it is well worth the money and they have so many more genealogy records in their databases.


3. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)  The archives maintained by the Federal US Government contains all United States Federal census records on microfilm.  They are in the process of placing their census collections online.  On their site, you will find an online catalog of available microfilm and a lot of useful information about what is available for census research.  See 1930 Census Information.


4. FamilySearch.org The LDS (Latter Day Saints) Library in Salt Lake City also maintains the entire set of US Federal census microfilm and these can also be found or ordered for a fee at Family History Libraries located throughout the United States.  You can search for a Family History Library near you using this search The LDS Church is also putting many census records and genealogical indexes online and these can be accessed on their site.  Search at FamilySearch.org at Discover Your Family History and you may also view the entire list of LDS online records here.


5. Local libraries will often have history and genealogy departments with a (usually incomplete) collection of microfilm available for research and sometimes they will offer their patrons online subscriptions which can be accessed while at the library.


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