Rhode Island, State Census, 1935 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

The census was taken in January-March 1936 but was a list of the State’s inhabitants as of 1935.

Collection History

Rhode Island began taking its own state census every ten years in 1865 and continued through 1935; however, the 1895 census is missing. The 1935 census was recorded by enumerators directly onto punch cards which were then arranged alphabetically by county, then by township (not by town), and then by surname and given name. Includes most individuals within the counties enumerated.

Why This Collection Was Created

The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.

Collection Reliability

Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor.

Collection Description

Census data was recorded on punch cards which remain in good condition.

Collection Content

Key genealogical facts found in the Rhode Island census are:

  • Name of individuals living at the address in 1935
  • Residence
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Naturalization status
  • Usual and present occupation and employment status with name of employer
  • If head of family, number in family
  •  Marital status
  • If at school, name of school and grade
  • Any physical disabilities the individual has or if the individual has ever had measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, or the Schick Test

How to Use This Collection

Census records are the best source to quickly identify a residence. Use the place of residence and the birthplace for each person along with his or her birth date to search for birth information. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually as the census records do not show individuals in family groups.

Bibliographic Information

Rhode Island. 1935 state census, population schedule. Rhode Island State Archives, Providence. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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