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USGenWeb Free Census Project Help, 1930 Census Help

1930 Census Research "A Whole New Ball Game"

Remember, please sign up with a State Census Coordinator before beginning a transcription.

The following following are available to our volunteer transcribers so that our file managers can convert them to the standardized text output to meet the goals of the project.

CENTRANS (MAC & PC) Centrans Instructions and Help

We have the following templates available for download: MSExCel Spreadsheet | MSWorks Spreadsheet | Tab Text Templates

[Note: These are zipped and are also available by request from Maggie Stewart. Please use "templates" as the subject of your email and include what year and type of template that you need.]

Header Information That's Needed:

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D
  • Census Year 1930
  • Microfilm # (NARA Microfilm Series T626.) T626-112
  • State California (Click on Part A above)
  • County Alpine (Click on Part A above)
  • Township or other division of county Precinct A. - Insert proper name and, also, name of class, as township, town, precinct, district, hundred, beat, etc. (Click on Part A)
  • Name of Incorporated Place __________ - Insert proper name and, also, name of class, as city, village, town, or borough. (Click on Part A & B above)
  • Name of Unincorporated Place Marleville - Insert name of any unincorporated place having approximately 300 inhabitants or more. (Click on Part A & B above)
  • Ward of city. ___ (Click on Part A & B above)
  • Name of Institution - Insert name of institution, if any, and indicate the lines on which the entries are made. ___ (Click on Part B & C above) NOTE: Please put the name of the institution in the remarks next to each applicable line where entered.
  • Supervisor's District No. 4 (Click on Part D above)
  • Enumeration District No. 2-1 (Click on Part D above)
  • Enumerator Lois M. Stewart (Click on Part D above)
  • Enumeration Date April 6, 1930 (Click on Part D above) NOTE: These are recorded under the separate columns of Month and Day.
  • Transcriber - Your name here Maggie Stewart
  • Proofreader - If proofread, put their name here. If you don't have one, put Not Proofread.
  • Remarks (This is for something that refers to the entire sheet/page) NOTE: If Using CenTrans, place these comments in the Reference Area.

Columns present in the census: [Columns highlighted in red are additional columns that we require to be filled out unless otherwise noted.]

(*)Page # The 1900, 1910 and 1930 preprinted census forms have a space called "Sheet No." with a line to be filled out by the enumerator underneath it and a stamped "A" or "B" to the right of that line. The filled in number and the printed "A" or "B" are the actual page number. The Page Number on the example page is 1A. We ask that you fill in the page numbers on the far left hand side of the templates for each line on each page. (Click on Part E above)
(*)Sheet # - These were added many years after the census was completed. They are small stamped numbers, usually located somewhere on the upper right part of the right hand page which is the "B" half. For an example click on the image to the left. The Sheet Number on this example image is 231B (Page Number with this is 1A.). NOTE: If the page ends in A then the sheet will end in B. We ask that you fill in the sheet numbers on the far left hand side of the templates, just to the right of the page numbers, for each line on each page.

See "Page and sheet numbering system" for an indepth explaination. If you still have questions, please contact your State Census Coordinator for further clarification.

(*)Line # (These run 1-100 with 1-50 on the first page and 51-100 on the second page then repeats in two page cycles.)
(1)Name of Street, avenue, road, etc. (Fill in every line even if the enumerator didn't) Note this is usually written sideways up the sheet.
(2)House Number in cities or towns (Fill in every line even if the enumerator didn't)
(3)Number of Dwelling House in order of visitation. (Fill in every line even if the enumerator didn't)
(4)Number of Family in order of visitation. (Fill in every line even if the enumerator didn't)
-- NAME of each person whose place of abode on April 1, 1930, was in this family. Enter the surname first, then the given name and middle initial, if any. (NOTE: In our templates we separate the surname from the given name.) Include every person living on April 1, 1930. OMIT children born since April 1, 1930.
(5)Last Name (Do not put all in capitals)
(5)First Name
(6)Relationship of each person to the head of the family.
(7)Home Owned or Rented.
(8)Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented.
(9)Radio Set.
(10)Does this family own a farm?
(12)Color or Race.
(13)Age at last birthday.
(14)Marital condition.
(15)Age at first marriage.
(16)Attended school or college any time since Sept. 1, 1929.
(17)Whether able to read or write.
-- PLACE OF BIRTH. Place of birth of each person enumerated and of his or her parents. If born in the United States, give State or Territory. If of foreign birth, give country in which birthplace is now situated. (See Instructions.) Distinguish Canada-French from Canada-English, and Irish Free State from Northern Ireland.
(21)Language spoken in home before coming to the United States
-- CODE. (For office use only. Do not write in these columns.)
(A) State or N.T. (Do not record this data)
(B) Country (Do not record this data)
(C) Nativity (Do not record this data)
(22)Year of immigration into the United States.
(24)Whether able to speak English.
(25)OCCUPATION. Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as spinner, as lawman, riveter, teacher, etc.
(26)Industry or business, as cotton mill, dry-goods store, shipyard, public school, etc.
-- CODE. (For office use only. Do not write in this column.)
(D) (Do not record this data)
(27)Class of worker
-- EMPLOYMENT. Whether actually at work yesterday (or the last regular working day).
(28)Yes or No.
(29)If not, line number on Unemployment schedule
-- VETERANS. Whether a veteran of U.S. military or naval forces.
(30)Yes or No.
(31)What war or expedition?
(32)Number of farm schedule [These schedules no longer exist]
(*)Transcriber's Remarks (Fill this out only if some additional comment is needed.)

Special Notes/Comments:

  1. Example of online completed 1930 census transcription. (This output was done using the CenTrans software.)

  2. States with surviving 1930 census schedules:
    • Alabama
    • Alaska Territory
    • American Samoa Possession
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Canal Zone
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Guam Possession
    • Hawaii Territory
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Midway Possession (w. Hawaii)
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • Overseas and Shipboard Military
    • Pennsylvania
    • Puerto Rico Possession
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Wake Island Possession
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
    • Wyoming


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