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Find more Purvis 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 979 less people named Purvis 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 6,700 people named Purvis in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 15% less people named Purvis in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 5,721 people named Purvis were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 99
  • The average annual income was $849
  • 5,512 rented out rooms to boarders
  • Most common occupation was laborer

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 510 were first-generation Americans
  • 4% were born in foreign countries
  • Most immigrants originated from Canada
  • They most commonly lived in North Carolina