Posted on Apr 12, 2012 in Find people, Friends & community
Can anyone look up information on famous people in the US census?
Can you look at the census data on anyone famous? Yes and no. As we mentioned in our answer about census data, records are only released to the public after 72 years. So you can… they just have to be really old (or dead).
But that time lag doesn’t mean there’s nothing interesting you can check out! Indeed, some of the fun of reviewing old census data is finding famous people from the past.
We looked up one of the world’s first film stars — Charlie Chaplin — and found that he was living at 1103 Cove Way in Beverly Hills, California in 1930. (The house has since been renumbered and has an address on Summit Drive.)
Here’s a look at the census data with The Tramp himself (and if you have an Ancestry.com membership, you can view the actual file here:
Census for 1930 – Beverly Hills City, California
Name: Chaplin, Charles S
Relationship (to head of house): Head
Estimated birth year: about 1889
Mother’s birthplace: England
Father’s birthplace: England
Language spoken: English
Value of home: $200,000
Industry: Motion pictures
As for other celebrities, think presidents and historical figures, actors and musicians, generals and criminals. Some names with census data at the links below: Fred Astaire, Emily Dickinson, Betty Grable, Wyatt Earp, H G Wells, Beatrix Potter, Louis Armstrong, John Wilkes Booth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens… to name but a few.
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