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Find more Read 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 998 less people named Read 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 13,249 people named Read in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 8% less people named Read in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 12,251 people named Read were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 1,881 adults were unmarried
  • 11,735 rented out rooms to boarders
  • Most common occupation was farmer
  • 1,582 owned their homes, valued on average at $3,851

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • Most mothers originated from Pennsylvania
  • 2,012 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • They most commonly lived in Texas
  • 842 were born in foreign countries