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Find more Black relatives and grow your tree by exploring billions of historical records. Taken every decade since 1790, the U.S. Federal Census can tell you a lot about your family. For example, from 1930 to 1940 there were 1,701 more people named Black in the United States — and some of them are likely related to you.

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What if you had a window into the history of your family? With historical records, you do. From home life to career, records help bring your relatives' experiences into focus. There were 80,041 people named Black in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 2% more people named Black in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 81,742 people named Black were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 6% were disabled
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 107
  • 25,274 were children
  • For 40,935 females, Margaret was the most common name

Learn where they came from and where they went.

As Black families continued to grow, they left more tracks on the map:

  • The most common mother tongue was German
  • 10,481 were first-generation Americans
  • They most commonly lived in Texas
  • 13% were first-generation Americans