Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - FREE 1930 Census Data

Hey genea-fanatics - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!

What can be more fun than finding records online for FREE? Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go to Pick one of your ancestral family members that was in the 1930 US Census and search for that person. The 1930 US Census is FREE through the end of April on Are you a Footnote member already? Fine. If you are not, you will need to register to access the 1930 census, but they will not ask you for a credit card.

2) When you find the census image with your ancestral family member, figure out how to see the source citation (Hint: click the "About image" link): figure out how to Download the Image; figure out how to Print the image.

3) Extra credit: Can you create a Footnote Page for your family person? Footnote Pages are a way to create a page for a specific person and add family information, including facts, photographs and stories, to the Page to share with the world. (Hint: remember that popup box before you saw the census image? That's where you do it. Click on the "I'm Related" link, fill in the information, upload a picture if you want, and click on the person's name to create the Footnote Page.)

4) What other family members do you need to find on the 1930 US Census?

5) Tell us about your Fun - in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook.

Here's mine:

Well, I tried to upload some images but Blogger is not cooperating. I'll try again later.

I registered for a free account using one of my email addresses.

I searched for and found my great-grandfather, Henry A. Carringer (1853-1946) residing with his wife and mother-in-law in San Diego, San Diego County, California on page 1-A, ED 37-116, NARA Series T626, Roll ??? (it doesn't provide the roll number! How dumb is that?).

I created a Footnote Page for Henry A. Carringer based on the 1930 US Census information. I could have added more photos, more facts, more family stories, and links to other information about Henry.

I realized I did not have a 1930 census record for Henry Carringer's brother, Harvey Carringer who also resided in San Diego. I went looking for one, and could not find it on either or No wonder I didn't have it!


Midge Frazel said...

I had to find my grandparents in the 1930 census at footnote . Ancestry only scanned half of the town they lived in! Now when I can't find people I spend time examining the order of the pages... Lesson learned

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