The Littlest Inmates

There’s a fairly easy way to find minor residents of institutions in the 1930 federal population census in Ancestry Library Edition (ALE). Just do the following search:

SEARCH—BIRTH: 1915 (+- 5 years)
SEARCH—RELATION TO HEAD: Inmate (Exact) [128,864 hits]

The above search finds residents of institutions who were 10-20 years old in 1930. The following search finds residents of institutions who were 0-10 years old during 1930:

SEARCH—BIRTH: 1925 (+- 5 years)
SEARCH—RELATION TO HEAD: Inmate (Exact) [55,488 hits]

You may filter results by adding a place of residence:

SEARCH—BIRTH: 1925 (+- 5 years)
SEARCH—LIVED IN: Illinois (Exact)
SEARCH—RELATION TO HEAD: Inmate (Exact) [3,448 hits]

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

Here’s a complete list of SLPL reference databases.

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