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Find more Shaw 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 5,046 more people named Shaw 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 82,780 people named Shaw in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 6% more people named Shaw in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 87,826 people named Shaw were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 55%, or 12,547 people, lived in homes they rented
  • 14% reported their race as other than white
  • Although 51% were female, the most common name for males was James
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 108

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 5,183 were born in foreign countries
  • 11,628 were first-generation Americans
  • 14% were first-generation Americans
  • 6% were born in foreign countries