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Find more Palen 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 50 more people named Palen 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 1,059 people named Palen in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 5% more people named Palen in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 1,109 people named Palen were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 96% rented out rooms to boarders
  • 23% of adults were unmarried
  • 47%, or 137 people, lived in homes they rented
  • Although 51% were female, the most common name for males was James

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 150 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • Most mothers originated from New York
  • 92 were born in foreign countries
  • 23% were first-generation Americans