General Information


Arizona and New Mexico both became states in 1912 bringing the total number of states to forty-eight. Hawaii Territory and Alaska Territory were enumerated along with the U.S. possessions of Guam, Midway, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and Wake Island.




The 1920 census schedules listed the name of every person in a household and included the name of a street and house number; the name, age, and birthplace of each person; relationship to the head of house; sex; colour; if female, the number of children, and number of children still living in 1920; marital status, and if married, number of years; year of immigration to the U.S; whether a naturalised citizen, alien, or papers pending; language spoken; trade or profession, type of business, and whether an employee, employer, or self employed; whether out of work, and if so, the number of weeks out; birthplace of father and mother; whether able to read or write; whether the person attended school during the previous year; whether a person owned or rented a house; whether the house was mortgaged or mortgage free; whether a farm or a home; whether the person was a veteran; and whether the person was blind or deaf.




The National Archives and Records Administration microfilm for the 1920 census is contained on 2,076 rolls of 35mm film, series T625. The original census schedules, after microfilming in the early 1940s, were destroyed.


Gooderson Entries


The Gooderson Archive currently contains records of Goodersons found on six different pages of the 1920 census. Although these have so far been indexed only under the names of the heads of individual households, full details of all other members of each household (as recorded on the same page of the original census schedule) can be seen by clicking the relevant page number appearing in the end column of the index.


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