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||Number of Generations Display on the Toolbar
You will notice this drop down menu in the toolbar section at the top of Genealogy Browser. This convenient menu lets you quickly and easily set the number of generations to be displayed in the Starfield area.
Many users have never changed this setting and so have never actually seen everything that OneGreatFamily has found for them. If you have never changed this setting, we strongly encourage you to play around with it. You can select a value off the drop down menu or just enter a value into the box. If you are on a high-speed internet connection, we would suggest you try starting with at least 50 generations. Dial-up users might want to start with 20 generations.
Remember, the higher the number, the longer it may take to load your pedigree. Still, you could be surprised to see how much OneGreatFamily has added to your family tree, and it will be worth the wait!
Everyone can see the size and shape of their family tree on OneGreatFamily; however, only subscribers will be able to see the names of anyone who has been added to their family trees through the matching and merging process.
"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews
United States 1930 Census
by Mandy Matthews, Family Historian
The 1930 United States Census is the last census that is available to the public. In 2010, the 1940 census will be released. If you need information from a census that is not currently available, you can contact the National Archives and submit a request for information through your direct line only. Since the United States Census questions change from year to year, I cannot stress enough the importance of searching all available census years. It’s amazing what information can change in a matter of ten years. Let’s take a look at the information found on the 1930 census:
- Place of abode
- Street, avenue, road, etc.
- House number (in cities or towns)
- Name of each person whose place of abode on April 1, 1930, was in this family. (Census takers were instructed to enter the surname first, then the given name, and then the middle initial if any. They were also instructed to include every person living on April 1, 1930 and to omit children born since April 1, 1930.
- Relation of this person to the head of household.
- Home data
- Home owned or rented
- Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented
- Does the individual own a radio set? (Marked Y or N)
- Does the family live on a farm?
Some of the valuable information unique to this census is the veteran information. If you find your ancestor was a veteran, you can look for military records which can lead you to valuable information. Also mentioned on the 1930 U.S. census is the age at first marriage question. This will help you establish a possible year for marriage. The information lies within the details. It is important to notice everything when doing family history. You never know what will lead you to the missing link
- Personal Description
- Color or race
- Age at last birthday
- Marital Condition
- Age at first marriage
- Attended school or college any time since September 1, 1929
- Whether able to read and write
- Place of birth of each person and parents of each person enumerated. If born in the United States, give the State or Territory. If of foreign birth, give the country of birth.
- Mother tongue (or native language) of foreign born
- Language spoken in home prior to coming to the United States
- Year of immigration to the United States
- Naturalized or alien
- Whether able to speak English
- Occupation and Industry
- Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work
- Industry: Industry or business
- Class of worker
- Employment: Whether actually at work
- Yes or No
- Line number for unemployment
- Veterans: Whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition.
- Yes or No
- What war or expedition
- Number of farm on schedule
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