Detailed Immigration Information
Click to View Sample from US 1920 Census of Cleburne County, AL
– By 1920, a growing volume of the U.S. population had recently immigrated. One of the most genealogically useful things about the 1920 census is that it asks for detailed immigration information. For instance, it asks for the year that each immigrant arrived in the United States. It also asks for the year of naturalization, where applicable. This makes it very easy to research naturalization records for that time.
Women as Head of Household – The 1920 census lists many of women as the heads of their households, rather than listing the men as heads of their household. Therefore, when you are researching using the census, you may find it useful to look for female names.
World War I – During World War I, certain boundaries were modified. Therefore, enumerators of 1920 asked more specific questions about those whose origins were in Austria-Hungary, Russia, Germany, or Turkey. Some even asked specific questions about town of origin for those born in other countries. The information and the way in which it was recorded varied somewhat between enumerators.