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CENSUS: Information vital for genealogists

Letter by Ora T. Clark, Puyallup on May 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm | 5 Comments »
May 3, 2010 3:29 pm

Census takers are beginning to call on homes to finish the 2010 Census. From what I read, many people are still fearful of the need for the government to collect all this information. Newspapers have gone over the present need – representation in Congress for one. But there is something else to be gained that no one has mentioned.

One hundred years from now our descendants will turn to these census returns to learn about their ancestors. In fact, those researchers will bemoan the paucity of information available from the 2010 Census. From 1880 to 1930, the census included the country or state where the individual was born and also the same info for his/her parents. During the 1900 and 1910 censuses, the spouse was also asked how many children she had and how many were living.

All that is valuable information to the genealogist and not found in today’s census.

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