October is Family History Month

Hemingway1905 Did you know October is Family History Month? Several cities and states have designated this month as Family History Month, and the U.S. Senate has adopted similar resolutions in the past. It is estimated that there are over 80 million people researching their family histories.

Census records are an invaluable resource for genealogists and family historians. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration makes census records available to the public 72 years after the census is conducted. Can you figure out what year’s census records are due to be released on April 2, 2012?

The U.S. Census Bureau not only collects information that is useful to family historians, it also collects data on a variety of subjects, including American families:

  • In 1950, there were 39 million families in the United States. By 2009, the number of families had more than doubled to 79 million. The average family size is three people.
  • In 1890, the median age at first marriage was 26 for men and 22 for women. In 2009, the median ages were 28 and 26 for men and women, respectively.
  • In 1960, 88 percent of the 63.7 million children under age 18, living in the United States, lived with both parents and 9 percent lived with one parent. In 2009, 70 percent of all children lived with two parents and 26 percent lived with one parent.

Interested in your family’s genealogy? Check out our tips for genealogists and view other Genealogical Sources. Happy hunting!

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2 Responses to October is Family History Month

  1. Nancy Nicols says:

    I am so interested in ALL the Census years, but have been very disappointed by the LACK of information that the current Census requires. . . . . No help to
    genealogists anymore.

  2. cdf says:

    Genealogists will be surprised/disappointed to find that the 1940 census will not provide the wealth of demographic data for the ENTIRE population that they found in decades previous. Perhaps a bit about the sampling procedures to advise the genealogist of the challenges ahead would be in order here

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