First with the Most

Our country has the reputation of being a melting pot, and certainly our earliest settlers (Native American and European) came to this continent from someplace else. I decided to check out the 1930 federal census in Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) to sample what it had to say about the foreign origins of then residents of the United States:

I did the following search for countries listed below, with the results listed:

SEARCH—BIRTH—LOCATION: Germany (Exact)
SEARCH—ARRIVAL: 1880 (Exact) [55,203 hits]

China (Exact) [990 hits]
England (Exact) [16,801 hits]
France (Exact) [2,252 hits]
Germany (Exact) [55,203 hits]
Ireland (Exact) [22.050 hits]
Italy (Exact) [5,500 hits]
Northern Ireland (Exact) [4,223 hits]
Norway (Exact) [8,521 hits]
Sweden (Exact) [16,574 hits]
Wales (Exact) [1,870 hits]

You may use ALE at Central Library or any of our branches.

Here’s a complete list of SLPL reference databases.

All our people came from somewhere else—Ancestry LE can help you figure out where that somewhere was!

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