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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 965 people named Shaefer in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 5% more people named Shaefer in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 1,009 people named Shaefer were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 96% rented out rooms to boarders
  • 970 rented out rooms to boarders
  • For 523 females, Mary was the most common name
  • The typical household was 3 people

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 127 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • Most immigrants originated from Germany
  • 32% were first-generation Americans
  • Most fathers originated from Missouri