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Genealogy > US Census Listings
In the United States, the Census is a performed every 10 years, as mandated by the United States Constitution, and enumerates the population for primary purposes of allocating Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding. Some states or local jurisdictions also conduct local censuses. The first census after the American Revolution was taken in 1790, and there have been 23 federal censuses since that time. The next census is scheduled for 2020.
Of course, the Census has an important secondary value -
The specific information collected varies some by each Census. Here’s an example
for 1930 (shown below with info for Salvatore Ridulfo). At the top: State (New York);
County (Nassau); Township (Oyster Bay); Incorporated place (Farmingdale Village);
Ward of City, Block No; Unincorporated place; Institution (e.g. a prison or orphanage);
Enumerated on (April 23, 1930); Enumeration District (30-
As you can from this US Census listing, ethnic first names were frequently listed “Americanized”.
NY Census -
Ridulfo Archives -