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Find more Dorothy 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 588 more people named Dorothy 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 651 people named Dorothy in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 90% more people named Dorothy in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 1,239 people named Dorothy were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 38 were disabled
  • Most common occupation was farmer
  • For 712 females, Mary was the most common name
  • 8% reported their race as other than white

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

  • Most fathers originated from New York
  • They most commonly lived in Iowa
  • 20% were first-generation Americans
  • 127 were first-generation Americans