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Find more Bray 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 409 more people named Bray 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 17,088 people named Bray in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 2% more people named Bray in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 17,497 people named Bray were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 16,866 rented out rooms to boarders
  • They typically took 9 weeks of vacation a year
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 97
  • Although 50% were female, the most common name for males was John

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 3,258 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • Most immigrants originated from England
  • 2,380 were first-generation Americans
  • 14% were first-generation Americans