02 September 2009
04 April 2009
1930 Famous Census Images
We have 1930 census for:
Our 1930 census site is located at:
Suggestions for additional people to include are welcomed.
28 December 2008
Additions to Our Famous Census Pages
1860 Abraham Lincoln
1860 U S Grant
1870 Theodore Roosevelt
1870 Boss Tweed
1870 Harriet Beecher Stowe
1870 Allen Pinkerton
1870 Wyatt Earp
1870 John Deere
1870 Scott Joplin
1850 Franklin Pierce
1900 Dwight Eisenhower
1900 George Burns
1900 Laura Ingalls Wilder
1900 Carl Sandburg
1900 Frank Lloyd Wright
1900 J C Penny
1900 Babe Ruth
1900 Theodore Roosevelt
1870 Bunker Siamese Twins
1870 Amelia Bloomer
1870 Chester Arthur
1870 Bill Cody
1870 Jane Addams
1870 Frederick Pabst
1900 Mark Twain-Samuel Clemens
1870 P T Barnum
1870 George Custer
1870 George Pullman
1870 Lizzie Borden
1870 Henry Ford
1870 Philip Armour
1870 Levi Strauss
1870 Joseph Schlitz
1870 Laura Ingalls Wilder
1870 U S Grant
1870 Marshall Field
1860 Frederick Douglass
1860 Jefferson Davis
1860 Sojourner Truth
1860 John Wilkes Booth
1860 Robert E Lee Again!
1860 Robert E. Lee
1860 Eberhard Anheuser
1860 Louisa May Alcott
1860 Kit Carson
1860 Wyatt Earp
1860 John Deere
1860 Calamity Jane
1860 Jesse James
1860 Allan Pinkerton
There are more images there and suggestions are welcomed. This site is slowly replacing the set of famous census images we used to have posted on www.rootdig.com.
16 December 2008
Famous Census Pages are Back!
Our pages have a new look and a new domain name
Take a look--we're starting off small while we work out the bugs.
Suggestions for additions are welcome and can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 September 2007
Jane Wyman (Sara[h] Fulks) in 1930
If anyone can find her in 1920, feel free to post a comment. Of course, we aren't posting images!
14 May 2007
the Famous Census Images--followup
In answer to some questions--this is not a copyright issue. The image of a census microfilm can be reproduced and posted by anyone who wants to. The real issue here is the license agreement for those who use Ancestry.com's databases and images. Previous staff were "ok" with the posting of the images. New staff have decided that is no longer the case.
Until I can view the images from the microfilm or find a vendor allowing me to post their images that part of our site will remain offline.
07 May 2007
Famous Census Images are GONE!
Oh, we had to pull the draft cards and ship manifest images as well.
30 April 2007
Is there a cat in the hat nearby?
Is there a brewery nearby?
05 April 2007
Samuel Morse in 1860
1860 Census Belle Starr
30 March 2007
Jimmy Stewart in 1930
Malcolm X in the 1930 Census
1920 Census--Perry Como
The 1920 United States Federal Census can be searched for your relative at Ancestry.com. Those who don't have a subscription can read our free-trial suggestions here.
28 March 2007
Henry Thoreau in 1860
Gender Changing in 1860
From Poor Leather Merchant to General
1850 Census Harriet Beecher Stowe
Frederick Douglass in the 1850 census
Count Basie in the 1910 Census
27 March 2007
Striiiiiike 1--Abner Doubleday in 1850
Those who don't have a subscription can read our free-trial suggestions here.
1930 Census--Shirley Temple
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Peter Graves and James Arness in 1930 Census
26 March 2007
A A Milne in the Census
J. R. R. Tolkien alive in 1901
Photographer Ansel Adams in 1910
Women's Rights Advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton-1870
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the leaders of the women's rights movement is listed as "keeping house" in 1870 as shown in the image in this post.
The family was living in Hackensack, New Jersey and their household included four servants.
You can search for your relative in the 1870 census, but chances are if your female relative was "keeping house" she didn't have four servants to help. Those who don't have a subscription can read our free-trial suggestions here.
1930 Census--June Carter Cash
22 March 2007
1910 Census--C. W. Post
1850 Census--Nathaniel Hawthorne
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!
1910 Census--Oscar Mayer
21 March 2007
Lizzie Borden in US Census Records
Wyatt Earp 1850-1920
20 March 2007
Tagging the Maytags in 1925
My initial searches for Frederick Maytag brought no results with the correct age, but viewing the entry for Frederick Maytag (shown as a son in the neighboring household), I quickly saw the grandparents living next door.
Always consider someone being enumerated under their initials and always pay attention to the neighbors.
Those with an Ancestry.com account (either US or World) can access the Iowa State Censuses (and the images) at Ancestry.com as a part of their account. Those without an account can search the database as part of a free 14-day trial (read our free trial "suggestions" before signing up.)
Cleaning Clothes in 1920
Anne Landers and Dear Abby
1927 Katharine Hepburn goes abroad
In 1927 Katharine Hepburn returned to the United States on the Leviathan, sailing from France. The 20 year old was apparently travelling without family as no other Hepburns were listed. One may easily find American citizens on passenger manifests, not just the rich and famous.
Wig Maker, Wig Maker, Make me a Wig
His name is now associated with a company, but not one that makes wigs.
And if any makeup was spilled on his card, I didn't see it.
Max Factor indicates he is a wigmaker on his World War I Draft Card, as shown in the image included in this post. The founder of the cosmetics firm was a Russian native who was living in California at the time of the registration for the World War I Draft.
This card comes from the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 database at Ancestry.com where you can search for your own relatives who might have registered---who knows what their occupation might have been?
Cole Porter-World War I Draft Card
This card comes from the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 database at Ancestry.com where you can search for your own relatives who might have registered.
19 March 2007
Booker T. Washington--1880 Census
1900 Census--Jack Benny
15 March 2007
1900 Census--Ty Cobb
14 March 2007
Pickles in 1900
1900 Willa Cather
1920 Census--Grandma from the Waltons (Ellen Corby)
1920 Census-Anthony Quinn
The Voice of Snow White in 1930
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.
13 March 2007
Harry Houdini didn't escape from the manifest
Candy is Dandy, but Ogden's Not Legal
1920 Census--Jazz Great Louis Armstrong
1920 Census-Humphrey Bogart
12 March 2007
Hizzoner Richard Daley in 1920
It Looks Like Stone-Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1860
1930 Census--Marilyn Monroe
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.
1850 Census--Siamese Twins Chang and Eng Bunker
The 1850 Census enumerator for Surry County, North Carolina put Chang and Eng Bunker's family in the same household and then simply listed the children in order of age (partially shown in the image on this post). It even looks like the enumerator started to put an "&" after Chang's name as if he were going to put them on the same line. Our site contains the complete image of the Bunker's enumeration.
We've blogged about the 1860 enumeration which lists the twins households separately. Oh the things they don't mention on the list of enumerator instructions.
Those with an Ancestry.com subscription can search the 1850 Census--everyname index.
1920 Census--Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers wasn't always Roy Rogers and one of Hollywood's most famous cowboys didn't grow up on a western ponderosa either. In 1920 he is enumerated as eight year old Leonard Sly in Scioto County, Ohio, with his family (see the complete enumeration). The Ohio native did not move to California until after the 1930 census enumeration.
Those who want to search for less well-known relatives in the 1920 census can do so at Ancestry.com--just make certain you know their correct name and if that name is common, have an idea of where they would be living and others who would be enumerated in the same household.
1920 Census--Walter Cronkhite
11 March 2007
Draft Card--Robert Frost
1930 Census--Actor Charles Bronson
1930 Census--Mike Wallace
World War I Draft Card--E B White
10 March 2007
1900 Census--Helen Keller
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
1900 Census--Al Capone
09 March 2007
1930 Census--Sam Walton of Walmart
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.
1930 Census-Cloris Leachman
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.
08 March 2007
1870 Census--Levi Strauss
1870 Census--George Custer
1880 Census-Frank Lloyd Wright
1880 Census-Buffalo Bill Cody
1920 Census--Charlie Chaplin
07 March 2007
1930 Census--Lucille Ball
No Sandra Day O'Connor in 1930
"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 .
Where was Jimmy Hoffa in 1930?
06 March 2007
1930 Census--Rock Hudson
A Young Blue Eyes in 1930
1930 Census--Joe Garagiola
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.
1930 Census--formerly known as Marguerite Johnson
1930 Census--John Dillinger
05 March 2007
More Money in Beer than in Soap
04 March 2007
1920 Census-Ronald Reagan
1920 Census--John Wayne--who wasn't always John Wayne
You can search the 1920 United States Federal Census for your own ancestor---just make certain you know his name.
1920 Census--President Kennedy
with his parents and siblings. His father is listed as a banker and the household had two siblings, including one who was an Irish native. The household staff were both unnaturalized aliens....
Search the 1920 United States Federal Census for your own family at Ancestry.com
03 March 2007
1860 Census--Kit Carson--my wife's relative next door
1860 Census--Jefferson Davis
1920 Census--Katharine Hepburn
1870 Census--Boss Tweed
for the 1870 census. The ages of all household members are blank on the census form as are the property values. This note was made by the census taker.
You can search the 1870 United States Federal Census at Ancestry.com for your ancestor--who hopefully answered more questions than the Tweeds did