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Find more Ray 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 5,243 more people named Ray 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 66,320 people named Ray in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 8% more people named Ray in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 71,563 people named Ray were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 58%, or 9,990 people, lived in homes they rented
  • For 35,726 females, Margaret was the most common name
  • 10,625 reported their race as other than white
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 99

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

  • 2,053 were born in foreign countries
  • 9% were first-generation Americans
  • 21% migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • 5,957 were first-generation Americans