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Find more Shelby 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 153 less people named Shelby 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 5,601 people named Shelby in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 3% less people named Shelby in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 5,448 people named Shelby were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 96
  • 59%, or 804 people, lived in homes they rented
  • 1,733 were children
  • Although 50% were female, the most common name for males was John

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 391 were first-generation Americans
  • 118 were born in foreign countries
  • They most commonly lived in Texas
  • 7% were first-generation Americans