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Find more Downing 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 2,229 less people named Downing 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 16,247 people named Downing in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 14% less people named Downing in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 14,018 people named Downing were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 2,180 adults were unmarried
  • 22% of adults were unmarried
  • 96% rented out rooms to boarders
  • They typically took 9 weeks of vacation a year

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • Most mothers originated from Ohio
  • 2,668 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • The most common mother tongue was German
  • They most commonly lived in California