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Find more Negro 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 173 less people named Negro 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 882 people named Negro in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 20% less people named Negro in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 709 people named Negro were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 685 rented out rooms to boarders
  • 24% of women had paying jobs
  • 4% reported their race as other than white
  • 51%, or 88 people, lived in homes they rented

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 65 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • 447 were first-generation Americans
  • 356 were born in foreign countries
  • They most commonly lived in New Jersey