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Find more Houston 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 3,261 less people named Houston 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 24,601 people named Houston in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 13% less people named Houston in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 21,340 people named Houston were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 100
  • 31% reported their race as other than white
  • 95% rented out rooms to boarders
  • 6,739 were children

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 2,219 were first-generation Americans
  • 4,044 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • They most commonly lived in Alabama
  • 952 were born in foreign countries