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US Census Guide
Guide, Clues & Finding Aid for the U. S. Federal Census 1790-1930.

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1920 Census

Census Date - January 1, 1920
Population - 106,021,537
US States - 48

Census Questions:
Relation to head of household
Whether home owned or rented; if owned, whether free or mortgaged
Color or race
Age at last birthday
Marital status
Year of immigration
Whether naturalized or alien
If naturalized, year of naturalization A or AL - Alien; NA - Naturalized; NR - Not Reported; PA - First Papers Filed
Whether attended school since 1 September 1919
Whether able to read; whether able to write
Birthplace (state, territory or country), and mother tongue
Birthplaces (state, territory or country) and mother tongues of parents
Whether able to speak English
Trade, profession or type of work done
Employed in what industry
Whether employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account
Number of farm schedule

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---W (white) ---B (black) ---Mu (mulatto) ---In (Indian) ---Ch (Chinese) ---Jp (Japanese) ---Fil (Filipino) ---Hin (Hin) ---K (Korean) ---Ot (Other)

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1890 Census Substitute
by This first definitive online substitute for the census destroyed by fire. It includes fragments of the original 1890 census that survived, special veterans schedules, state censuses (1885 or 1895), city and county directories, alumni directories, voter registration documents, and several Native American tribe censuses for years surrounding 1890.

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