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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 193 people named Shays in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 210% more people named Shays in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 598 people named Shays were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 186 were children
  • The typical household was 2 people
  • 30 reported their race as other than white
  • They typically took 8 weeks of vacation a year

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

  • They most commonly lived in Arkansas
  • Most fathers originated from Ohio
  • 30 were first-generation Americans
  • Most immigrants originated from England