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Find more Paterson 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 949 more people named Paterson 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 6,563 people named Paterson in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 14% more people named Paterson in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 7,512 people named Paterson were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 1,268 reported their race as other than white
  • 291 were disabled
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 100
  • 41% owned their homes, valued on average at $4,111

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

  • 16% migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • The most common mother tongue was Norwegian
  • 1,156 were first-generation Americans
  • 17% were born in foreign countries