1930 U.S. Census: Next Steps

Once you've found your ancestor in the 1930 U.S. Census, here are some possible next steps, based on the information found in this record.

>> Look for the family in earlier censuses.(1920, 1910, etc.)   Search U.S. census population schedules at Ancestry.com.  While we wait for the 1940 census to be released in 2012, you can check for family members in the 1940 census substitute at Ancestry.com. 

>> Plot the address on a map and look for churches and cemeteries in the area. Search for historical maps on Ancestry.com. 

>> Track the family using city or county directories. Search the U.S. City Directory Collection at Ancestry.com. 

>> Using ages and place of birth, seek out birth records for all family members possible. Search U.S. vital records that are available on Ancestry.com.  

>> Using age at first marriage, calculate estimated marriage year and look for marriage record.  Search U.S. vital records that are available on Ancestry.com.  

>> For immigrants, use immigration date in column 22 to help locate passenger arrival records.  Ancestry.com has a large collection of passenger arrival records in the Immigration Collection. 

>> Seek out naturalization records for immigrants if the census indicates they were naturalized. If you can find the immigrant in the 1920 census, it also includes the date which can help you narrow your search. Ancestry.com has a growing collection of naturalization records in the Immigration Collection.

>> Investigate military service for those who served. (See columns 30 and 31.) Search the Military Collection on Ancestry.com. 

>> If your ancestor was a male, born between ca. 1872 and 1900 and living in the U.S. at the time of World War I, search the World War I Draft Registrations on Ancestry.com. More than 24 million men, both immigrants and native-born citizens, registered for the draft, many of whom were never actually served.

>> Start a family tree on Ancestry.com to organize your finds and locate more records.  

>> Share your discoveries with family members. It may prompt them to reciprocate with information that they have, and it could even spark a memory that will help bring your family’s story to life.