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Find more Salem 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 93 more people named Salem 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 1,204 people named Salem in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 8% more people named Salem in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 1,297 people named Salem were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 20% of women had paying jobs
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 90
  • 256 adults were unmarried
  • 30% of adults were unmarried

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 147 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • 605 were first-generation Americans
  • Most mothers originated from Syria
  • Most fathers originated from Syria