15th Census of the United States of America - 1930

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The 1930 census and all existing soundex indexes will become available on April 1, 2002 at the National  Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20408-0001, and at NARA's Regional  Facilities in 13 major cities.

     The 1930 and later censuses are not available for public use because of a statutory 72-year restriction on access for privacy reasons. (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978).

     The census day was April 1, 1930. The 1930 census asked 32 qustions about each person:

          Place of Abode
               1.  Street, avenue, road, etc.
               2.  House number (in cities or towns)
               3.  Number of dwelling house in order of visitation  [this number supplied by census taker].
               4.   Number of family in order of vistation  [this number supplied by census taker].
          Name
               5.   Name of each person whose place of abode  on April 1, 1930, was in this family.
          Relation
               6.  Relationship of this person to the head of the family.
          Home Data
               7.  Home owned or rented.
               8.  Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented.
               9.  Radio set.
               10.  Does this family live on a farm?
          Personal Description
               11.  Sex.
               12.  Color or race [White (W), Negro (Neg), Mexican (Mex), Indian (In), Chinese (Ch), Japanese (Jp),
                       Filipino (Fil), Hindu (Hin), Korean (Kor), other races spelled out in full.]
               13.  Age at last birthday.
               14.  Marital condition. [Single (S), married (M), widowed (Wd), divorced (D).]
               15.  Age at first marriage.
          Education
               16.  Attended school or college any time since Sept. 1,1929.
               17.  Whether able to read and write.
          Place of birth
               18.  Place of birth--PERSON.
               19.  Place of birth--FATHER.
               20.  Place of birth--MOTHER.
          Mother Tongue (or Native Language) of Foreign Born
               21.  Language spoken in home before coming to the United States.
                    Here follows 3 columns of "CODE (For office use only. Do not  write in these columns)" relating to
                    "State or M.T.mother tongue]," "Country," and "Nativity." These codes were entered to assist in
                    statistical tabulation and do not provide any information beyond that found in columns 18-21.
          Citizenship, etc.
               22.  Year of immigration to the United States.
               23.  Naturalization.
               24.  Whether able to speak English.
          Occupation & Industry
               25.  Trade, profession, or particular kind of work done, as spinner, salesman, riveter, teacher, etc.
               26.  Industry or business, as cotton mill, dry-goods store, shipyard, public school, etc.
               27.  Class of worker.
          Employment
               28.  Whether actually at work yesterday (or the last regular working day)--Yes or No
               29.  If not, line number on Unemployment Schedule. [Note: Unemployment schedules no longer exist.]
          Veterans
               30.  Whether a veteran of U.S. military or naval force--Yes or No.
               31.  What war or expedition?  [World War (WW), Spanish-American War (Sp),  Civil War (Civ),
                        Philippine Insurrection (Phil),
                       Boxer Rebellion (Box), Mexican Expedition (Mex)].
          Farm Schedule
               32.  Number of farm schedule.            [Farm schedules no longer exist].

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