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Find more Lay 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 643 more people named Lay 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 8,555 people named Lay in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 8% more people named Lay in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 9,198 people named Lay were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • Most common occupation was salesman
  • 34% were children
  • 53%, or 1,188 people, lived in homes they rented
  • 707 women had paying jobs

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • They most commonly lived in Tennessee
  • Most mothers originated from Missouri
  • 250 were born in foreign countries
  • 23% migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940