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From: "Barbara J. Ford" <>
Subject: U S census 1930 (message from Colm)
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 16:39:15 -0500

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From: "C. B. Hung" <>
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Subject: U S census 1930 (message from Colm)
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I read some time ago that PA meant that citizenship had been applied
for and was pending. PA appears in the 1920 census for my father's
family in Chicago. They had never been in Pennsylvania. I do not know
what AL means. Two-letter acronyms for states did not come into
wide-spread usage until after zip codes were introduced.

C. B. Hung

Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2003 16:04:28 -0000
From: "Colm Hasson" <>
Subject: U S census 1930

In the NATURALISATION column in the 1930 U S census some have put PA
and others have put AL.

What does PA mean and does AL stand for alien?

My first thoughts when I saw this were that anything and everything
can happen in Chicago, 5 years of experience speaking.
Second was Hi Colm!!!
Third was the P mistaken for an N. Nope.

It usually says Penn for Pennsylvania....

So I got out what I had, I have copies of pages only, pages where my
ancestors are, some really early, but not 1920 or 1930. (Mine by
these years are American-born.)
Na or NA would seem pretty clearly to me to be naturalized in 1900
and 1910 because they also have the year of entry.
In 1910, I have one page where my grandfather is living (born here),
there are five entries, 4 Na, 1 Al, definitely small a on Na and
small l on Al. (There is another with a date of entry with that
column just blank....)
I have one for 1900 where there is a Pa, small a, right under an Na.
(The others are blurred out at bottom but see nothing that could be
I have another for 1910, awful copy=state of film. But I can clearly
see Pa and al (both letters small on every entry on al)

I would be sure that Na is naturalized and Al is Alien.
But Pa I had never even noticed before.
Early on there is a "/" if naturalized, like my Michael Carbine on
1870 Chicago census....but all records burned in the Fire of 1871.

Unless you can find a set of notes on 1930 census and what codes
mean, I would say you have to email Bureau of Census. Or go on their
Web site and see if they have the codes.

Just had another thought, the first step was PETITION for
naturalization, then a wait which changed over the years, the P could
stand for petition. At least those were the steps for my Patrick
O'Neill in early 1800's in MD.

Barbara Ford
Providence RI

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