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Find more Foster 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 4,018 more people named Foster 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 114,006 people named Foster in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 4% more people named Foster in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 118,024 people named Foster were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • They typically took 10 weeks of vacation a year
  • For 59,788 females, Dorothy was the most common name
  • Most common occupation was laborer
  • 96% rented out rooms to boarders

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • Most immigrants originated from Canada
  • 4,884 were born in foreign countries
  • They most commonly lived in Texas
  • 22,431 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940