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1920 Population Census Schedules

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  • Title  1920 Population Census Schedules 
    Short Title  1920 United States Federal Census 
    Author  United States. Bureau of the Census. 14th census 
    Publisher  Washington, District of Columbia : The National Archives, [193-?] 
    Source ID  S28 
    Linked to  Leona
    Jeptha Alexander McGee
    Mary Ora McGee
    Patterson Rudolph McGee
    Virgil B. Rohletter
    Bertha Mae Snyder
    Daisy Snyder
    James Monroe Snyder
    Margaret Helen Snyder
    Nellie Pearl Snyder
    William C. Snyder
    Margaret Belle Washburn
    Family: Patterson Rudolph McGee/Leona (F34) 

  •  Notes 
    • Enumeration for the fourteenth census of the United States began on 1 January 1920. Enumerators were to complete it within thirty days. Communities with a population of 2,500 or greater were to be completed within two weeks. January 1, 1920 appears in the heading for many individuals "in this family" because all responses were to reflect the individual's status as of that date, even if the status had changed between 1 January and the actual day of enumeration. Therefore, children born between January 1 and the actual date were not to be listed; people who had died between January 1 and the actual date were to be listed as alive, etc. However, it is important to note that sometimes the enumerator disregarded this instruction. The 1920 census states how many children had been born to the mother and how many were still living. It also gives the street and house numbers for urban households and the birthplace (state or country) for the parents of each individual. The "mother tongue" of each individual--as well as that individual's parents--was recorded. The enumerator also recorded the marital status of each individual, any illness or disability in the family at the time, and the number of months an individual was unemployed for that year. This census also asked about the citizenship status of each individual. If the individual emigrated to the US, the enumerator recorded the year of arrival and the naturalization date if naturalized. For the first time, those living in American Samoa, the Panama Canal Zone and Guam were enumerated. For individuals and those whose parents were born in Turkey, Russia, Germany, and Austria-Hungary, enumerators were to record the name of the city, state, province or region--where applicable. This was because of the changing boundaries resulting from World War I. Some enumerators were very detailed regarding birth places--even for other countries--while others neglected to record the specific information. The 1920 census did not contain a separate Indian schedule, unlike previous census years. Unfortunately, the original 1920 census schedules were destroyed by congress after they were microfilmed, making it impossible to double-check poor microfilm copies. This census also records the date of arrival to the US, naturalization information, age and birth place. This recorded information makes this census extremely important for tracing movements of immigrant ancestors and for supplementing or replacing lost vital records of birth. Due to more specific questions about immigrants from Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia and Turkey, researchers may find much more information regarding those localities of birth and emigration. If the individual was an immigrant and listed a year of immigration on the census, you can begin looking for the ship's passenger list for that individual. From the New York Ships Passenger List you can learn information such as: date of arrival, ship's name, port of departure, town and county they left, final destination in America, and other information.