Re: 1930 census - invented people #usa #general #records

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Hello all,
The depression might have been a catalyst-not that people made up
names of "extra children or relatives" for the census but rather that
the depression caused parents to leave their children with relatives
or friends for a period of time. Times were hard and people were
desperate. A Dad might sleep on a couch in his parents' home while Mom
slept in cousin Gertie's basement and the kids bunked with a neighbor
for ten cents a day. People did what they could, most anything was
better than an orphanage. Yes, the census information can be deeply
puzzling at times but put these reports into the bigger picture;
economics, fear of authority and language barriers to name a few.
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

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