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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 26,726 people named Shields in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 2% more people named Shields in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 27,325 people named Shields were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • Although 50% were female, the most common name for males was John
  • Most common occupation was laborer
  • 1,112 were disabled
  • 8,099 were children

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 17% were first-generation Americans
  • They most commonly lived in Illinois
  • The most common mother tongue was Indian
  • 17% migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940