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Find more Silva 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 53 more people named Silva 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 20,809 people named Silva in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 0% more people named Silva in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 20,862 people named Silva were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • Most common occupation was truck driver
  • 1,825 owned their homes, valued on average at $2,542
  • On average men worked 42 hours a week
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 100

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • They most commonly lived in California
  • 6,083 were born in foreign countries
  • Most immigrants originated from Portugal
  • 8,730 were first-generation Americans