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Monday September 26, 2011

Mexico’s 1930 Census Gives Those With Mexican Lineage a Look Into Their Family Past

Mexico’s 1930 Census Gives Those With Mexican Lineage a Look Into Their Family Past

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Currently, there are 31.9 million Americans of Mexican decent. Now, many of them have been given the chance to confirm their lineage back to 1930 with newly available access to the 1930 Mexican census.

The census is now available online for the first time, and for free. It is now the earliest census available, and with Ancestry.com claiming the census includes 90 percent of the then-current population, it is also one of the most complete.

The 1930 census was the nation’s first after the Mexico’s recovery from the Revolution that lasted from 1910 to 1920. This first census is believed to have taken place in 1895, but is not as complete at the 1930 census, and is not available to the public.

Since computers had not yet been invented yet, the census consists of nearly 13 million hard-copy pages, with rows and columns filled out by hand.

A spokesman for Ancestry.com told CNN that while other sites have put bits and pieces of the census online, Ancestry.com is the only one to have posted it in its entirety.

Even actor Edward James Olmos is excited about the census’ availability, and is helping Ancestry.com promote it.

“This is the most important document we have for Mexican-American people in this country,” Olmos told CNN. “Short of the verbal history that went from person to person, family to family, we really never knew more than that… For me, it’s building my self-esteem and self-respect as to who I am and for the people who sacrificed for me to be where I am. Now I know who they are and what are their names. Now you want to know more about those people. I would like to go back 100,000 years if I could.”