29 November 2008

Santa Claus in 1930

Santa Claus in 1930?

Santa Claus is living in Saline County, Missouri in 1930 and appears in the census image at Ancestry.com living with Mrs. Claus--in this case Mabel.

This Santa was born in Missouri and worked in river construction. Just slightly different from working in the manufacture and delivery of toys.

Readers can search the 1930 census for their own ancestors at Ancestry.com.

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24 April 2007

1930 Census-President Bush


Future president George W. Bush is only enumerated in 1930 with the "W" he's the Walker shown here in part of the 1930 census enumeration for he and his family.

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30 March 2007

Jimmy Stewart in 1930


Actor Jimmy Stewart was living in Indiana, Pennsylvania in 1930 with his family as partially shown in the image included in this post. The 21 year old is listed without an occupation and his father runs a hardware store.
You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see what your relatives are up to--hopefully they aren't living in a town that is also the name of a state (Illinois has a town named Oregon and one named Ohio) .If you don't have a subscription to Ancestry.com, you can read our suggestions for a 14 day free trial here.

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Malcolm X in the 1930 Census

He might have been easier to find had his last name in 1930 been "X" instead of the much more common Little. Black activist Malcolm X and his family are living in Lansing, Michigan in 1930 as the partial image on the right show.
You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see what names your relatives as listed with--however, it usually helps your search if you know the last name before you find them. If you don't have a subscription, you can read our suggestions for a 14 day free trial here.

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27 March 2007

1930 Census--Shirley Temple


It is difficult to read, but the last name in this image is Shirley Temple--child star. Imagine trying to find that if you did not already have a good idea of where she was living. The rest of the entry indicates where the family was living in California and the father's occupation.
You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see what your relatives are up to.
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1930 President


Not many individuals have their "industry" in the 1930 census listed as "United States" and even fewer list their occupation as president. The entire image can be seen here for those who are not aware of who was president in 1930.
You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see what your relatives occupations are---doubtful if they are president. If you don't have a subscription, you can read our suggestions for a 14 day free trial here.

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Peter Graves and James Arness in 1930 Census


Peter Graves and James Arness are enumerated with the last name Aurness in the 1930 census in Minnesota. The brothers were small children at the time of this enumeration and their father worked as a salesman.
You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see what your relatives are up to.
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22 March 2007

1930 Census--no name Jackie O


Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis is enumerated in the 1930 census--well sort of. Her father is listed in in NYC's Manhattan as shown here, but his wife and young daughter are listed without names. Based upon the complete enumeration and known information about the Bouvier family, it's pretty certain this is the right family.

The reason for the unusual entry is anyone's guess, but if it can happen to a future first lady, it could happen to your less well-known ancestors as well. If you can't find someone when searching a census index, make certain you have searched for every family member.

You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see if your ancestors show up no names---maybe they were in the witness protection program!

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14 March 2007

The Voice of Snow White in 1930


Her father was a voice teacher, so I guess Andriana Caselotti got her talent naturally. Fortunately the apple that didn't fall far from the tree in this case was a good one, not one like Snow White (for whom Caselotti provided the voice) ate in the movie.

The 1930 census finds the 13 year old living with her family in Los Angeles, where her father is employed as a voice teacher.

Some occupations and talents tend to run in families. Some are re-developed every generation. And some are just stuck. You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see what category your relative falls into.

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12 March 2007

1930 Census--Marilyn Monroe

We "think" we have Marilyn Monroe in the 1930 census--to be perfectly frank, I'm not 100%, but what follows is the text from our page that contains an image of her suspected 1930 census enumeration.

The Marilyn Monroe Facts Page at http://marilynmonroepages.com/facts.html indicates that Marilyn (formerly Norma Jean Baker) lived with the family of Albert Bolander at 459 E Rhode Island St., Hawthorne, CA, from 1926-32, which is the address of this enumeration (noted on the side of the page). There are other references that provide similar information. Numerous sites indicate that Norma Jean's mother, Gladys, also lived with the family at various times during this period.

There are a few errors in this enumeration, most notably the age (which should be 6--unless it is to indicate 6 years and some months) and the places of birth listed for Norma Jean and her parents. This Norma Jean is listed as being widowed as well. I don't have the answer for this particular discrepancy. However, given the family structure it is likely that whoever answered the questions for Norma Jean was not certain of all the answers.


Gladys Baker's husband, Mr. Baker, went to Kentucky after his divorce from Gladys and this Norma Jean Baker is not his mother. As Gladys was likely estranged from the Baker family, I find it difficult to believe that a member of the extended Baker family would be living with Gladys at the Bolanders.

It seems really coincidental that Marilyn Monroe (formerly Norma Jean Baker) lived with the Bolanders in the late 1920s and early 1930s and yet there is ANOTHER older Norma Jean Baker enumerated in their household and younger Norma Jean Baker is somehow omitted.

If you think she's elsewhere, give a search of the 1930 census and let us know if you find another potential match.

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1920 Census--Walter Cronkhite

11 March 2007

1930 Census--Actor Charles Bronson


Enumerated as Charles Bunchinski in Ehrenfeld, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, with his parents listed as Walter and Mary Bunchinski--this was a BIG family. I never realized he was one of twelve children. You can view the family's complete entry to see Mr. Bunchinski's occupation. His rent was $7 a month.
Search the 1930 for your ancestor and see how much he was paying a month for rent.

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1930 Census--Mike Wallace


Future journalist Mike Wallace is living with his parents in Brookline, Massachusetts. He's enumerated under Myron Wallace, which is his real name, with his parents Frank and Zina Wallace, living at 179 Rawson Road.

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10 March 2007

1930 census--H & R Block



Henry and Richard Bloch were born and raised in Kansas City, the second and third sons of a prominent Kansas City lawyer, Leon Bloch. The 1930 census enumeration for their family indicates they were not living in the low rent district. They were the founders of the tax preparation giant H and R Block.

It might be a little taxing, but you can search the 1930 for your relative at Ancestry.com

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09 March 2007

1930 Census--Sam Walton of Walmart


The 1930 census found the future founder of WalMart living with his family and enumerated with the nickname of Sammie. You can search the 1930 for your relative at Ancestry.com--just remember they might just be listed under their nickname...

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1930 Census--Donna Reed



You can search the 1930 for your relative at Ancestry.com--just remember they might not have the first name you think.

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1930 Census-Cloris Leachman


The 1930 census enumeration for actress Cloris Leachman reminds us of several things to remember in genealogical research. Cloris was named for her mother. Apparently her uncle and aunt were living next door. One should always pay attention to the neighbors when doing genealogical research. And who knew she was from Des Moines?
You can search the 1930 for your relative at Ancestry.com

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1930 Charlton Heston



The websites say his name is actually James Charles Carter, but we found him in the 1930 census with his parents enumerated as Charlton J. Carter. Of course websites are not always correct---and the census is not always correct either. You can search the 1930 for your relative---just remember his name might not be exactly what you think it is.

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07 March 2007

1930 Census-Gallo Brothers


CNN is reporting the death of Ernest Gallo at 97. The image to the right is from the 1930 census for the family, a few short years before the winery was founded. As the slogan used to be they "will make no wine before it's time."
Search for your own family member in 1930, whether it's time or not.

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1930 Census--Lucille Ball


Knowledge of the family structure is always important. By 1930 Lucille Ball was living with her mother Desiree and her stepfather Edward Peterson. While Ball was enumerated under her birth name, some individuals are occasionally listed in the census with the same surname as their step-father. You can search for your family member in 1930, but make certain you have their correct last name and are aware of any changes in their family structure.

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1930 census--Liberace


He probably could play some piano by 1930, but I bet the candles weren't on the piano yet. And his first name was Walter. Liberace is enumerated with his parents and siblings in the 1930 census in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can search for your family member in 1930, regardless of whether they can play the piano or not.

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No Sandra Day O'Connor in 1930

Sources indicate:


"Sandra Day O'Connor was born on March 26, 1930 in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Harry A. Day and Ada Mae Wilkey Day, but grew up in southeastern Arizona on a cattle ranch owned by her parents."

We cannot find her--either here with her parents or with either set of grandparents. Of course, the former Supreme Court Justice is not missing any more, but one wonders why she was not enumerated in the census as she technically should have been.

Just something to think about when you can't find your in the 1930 census index .

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Where was Jimmy Hoffa in 1930?


No one may know where he is now, but we do know where Jimmy Hoffa was in 1930--living with his mother in Detroit, Michigan. Even if you don't know how your ancestor met his demise, you can search the 1930 census index for your ancestor for him to see where he was hanging out in 1930.

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06 March 2007

1930 Census--Rock Hudson


Rock Hudson was not born Rock Hudson. Raymond H. Scherer is enumerated in Cook County, Illinois in 1930 with his parents Raymond Scherer and Katherine Scherer. Even if your relative was not an actor, make certain you are rock solid with their name before you search the 1930 census index for your ancestor at Ancestry.com.

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A Young Blue Eyes in 1930


His eyes were blue in 1930 (there were no contacts to change your eye color back then), but it would be premature to call him "old Blue Eyes" when he was only 14. This 1930 census enumeration for Frank Sinatra and his parents finds them in Hoboken, New Jersey. Search the 1930 census index for your ancestor at Ancestry.com and remember---it's not necessary to know the eye color to use the census index ;-)

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1930 Census--Joe Garagiola


St. Louis was home in 1930 to at least two future baseball players--this one appeared for a short time as a host on the Today Show. Joe Garagiola is enumerated in 1930 with his parents, John and Angeline Garagiola, at 5446 Elizabeth Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. He like neighbor Yogi Berra was of Italian extraction. You can search the 1930 census index for your ancestor at Ancestry.com but he's probably not enumerated as a baseball player or a talkshow host.

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From Lawrence to Yogi Berra--1930 Census



baseball great Yogi Berra enumerated as Lawrence Berra with his parents in St. Louis. Search the 1930 census index for your ancestor at Ancestry.com and remember that your ancestor's name in 1930 might not have been the name by which you knew him. Census takers occasionally use nicknames, but typically in 1930 that is not the case.

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1930 Census--formerly known as Marguerite Johnson

1930 Census--John Dillinger





Interestingly enough, he and the fellow inmates do have an occupation listed.

Search the 1930census index for your ancestor ---hopefully they are not working as shirt shop machine operators in LaPorte, Indiana.

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20 February 2007

Who is it in 1930?


This family's 1930 census entry in Hamilton County, Ohio, contains a well-known actor--the 18 year old son. Any guesses as to who it is?

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1930 Census--Laura Ingalls Wilder



The 1930 census enumeration for Laura Ingalls Wilder as shown to the right indicates the importance of looking at the neighbors--her daughter, author Rose Wilder Lane, is living next door.

The Wilder's complete enumeration in Wright County, Missouri, can be viewed on our site. The 1930 can be searched at Ancestry.com.

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1930 Census--Howard Hughes

Billionaire Howard Hughes is living at 211 Muirfield Road in 1930 in a home valued at $45,000. The 24 year old Iowa native is listed as a film producer. His complete enumeration can be seen here.

The 1930 census and other census records have been completely indexed by Ancestry.Com.

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15 February 2007

1930 Census--John F. Kennedy


Future US President John F. Kennedy can be found living with his parents in Westchester County, New York State in 1930. The partial enumeration shown on the right includes the entire family--at least the ones who were born by the date of the enumeration.
For a complete image and a citation, the entire page can be viewed here.

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14 February 2007

1930 Census--Charles Schulz (Peanuts Creator)



Cartoonist Charles Schulz is listed as a seven year old with his parents in San Bernadino County, California in 1930. Those readers of his strip familiar with Snoopy will notice a special significance to the town where the Schulzes are living. They apparently did not remain in California for too long.

The entire page can be viewed here.

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12 February 2007

1930 Rosa Parks


One of our more popular pages is Rosa Parks in the 1930 census.

She is enumerated as Rosa McCall in Montgomery, Alabama as shown in the image on the right. Those wanting a complete census page along with the citation can view the entire image here.

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31 January 2007

Sidney Sheldon in 1930 census


Recently deceased author Sidney Sheldon can be found in the 1930 census in 4936 N. Albany Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, living with his parents and his uncle. He is enumerated under the name Sidney Schectel.

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