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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 70 people named Pretorius in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 33% more people named Pretorius in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 93 people named Pretorius were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 2% reported their race as other than white
  • 50% owned their homes, valued on average at $3,727
  • For 48 females, Margaret was the most common name
  • 9% were disabled

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

  • 34% were first-generation Americans
  • 19% were born in foreign countries
  • 13 were born in foreign countries
  • Most immigrants originated from Norway