Posted by on 13 October 2011 in Record Collections

We’re nearing the end of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1930 United States Federal Census, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

The 1930 US Census is the latest and largest census released so far. It reveals the lives of around 123 million people – if you have American roots, it’s almost unimaginable that you won’t find ancestors among them. If you do find a relative, you’ll learn about their origins, education and military history, as well as the usual basic details.

An important point to remember with this census is that soldiers weren’t recorded with their families. Instead, they were treated as residents of their duty posts. These won’t necessarily be in their home towns or even in the same area, so you need to keep an open mind when searching for military men.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our 1901 England Census.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address.