The 1930 US Census of Oklahoma is now available in Sapulpa

Wednesday, April 24th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

And now some news from 1930. The US Census from that year is now public, and to see it, you can travel to either Dallas, Washington, Atlanta or Sapulpa.

News on Six reporter Emory Bryan has the story of Oklahoma's only copy of the census. Dr Hugh Perry is looking for his ancestors - with a new resource, that very few people have seen. "It's going to be a very tedious job, literally trying to review all of Tulsa in 1930." He's sifting through the 1930 census on microfilm - one of the first people in Oklahoma to see it, in the only library in the state that has it, Sapulpa. "Sapulpa is the first place in the state to get it, the others will get it this summer, so that's why I'm here."

This new addition to the genealogy department is something of a coup for Sapulpa. Their foundation had the $1,600 to buy the film - and the library ordered in time to get it first.

For genealogists - this census is a gold mine of information - current enough to list living individuals, and so thorough, it does more than just build a family tree. Barbara Carter, Sapulpa Genealogy Librarian: "They went house to house asking people what their names were, how many people lived there, their ages, any information they needed to put on that particular census." And the census takers noted birthplaces - nationalities - and even how many radios the family owned. Occupations, education, marriages and race were all recorded.

The whole state is on 48 rolls of film, but finding the listing for an individual is time consuming because it's arranged only by counties - and towns. But Dr Perry has found one of his relatives - and he's searching for the others. "Sometimes we turn up famous people and sometimes we turn up skeletons in the closet, you never know what you're going to turn up."

The Sapulpa library has just the Oklahoma census records - not the entire country.

The Sapulpa Public Library is located at 27 W Dewey St. The Geneaology Dept hours are Monday and Thursday 12 PM - 8 PM, Tuesday 12 PM - 7 PM, Wednesday 12 PM - 6 PM, Friday 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM.

The phone number is 248-5979.