The United States Census gathers information from the citizens of the country. The most recent Census, in 2010, recorded the population exceeding 300 million. Most often, the Census enumeration is used to track demographics of race, class, sex, income, family size and more. But, have you ever thought to use the Census as a source to learn about where people lived?
In 1930, during the 15th Census, North Carolina was the 12th most populated state with 3,170,276 people. The Farfour family of Goldsboro represented 23 of them. And, they all lived on the same block! It was not uncommon for families to live in close proximity. Some families who owned businesses lived near their store and often times, the extended family also lived nearby.
Here’s a photograph of all 6 Farfour brothers courtesy of the Baddour family.
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