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Find more Ely 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 47 more people named Ely 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 8,942 people named Ely in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 1% more person named Ely in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 8,989 people named Ely were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • The average annual income was $1,069
  • 1,181 owned their homes, valued on average at $4,042
  • Although 52% were female, the most common name for males was John
  • 8,633 rented out rooms to boarders

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 3% were born in foreign countries
  • 249 were born in foreign countries
  • 11% were first-generation Americans
  • Most immigrants originated from Canada