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CENSUS: Information vital for genealogists

Letter by Ora T. Clark, Puyallup on May 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm with 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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  1. brymarbuch says:

    As an amateur genealogist, I also thought about this when I filled out my form. I was happy to do it too and wanted to write little notes in the margins for posterity’s sake. But I’m sure many people will be put off by the fact that their information will be public in 72 years and use that as an excuse not to provide it.

  2. malaglot says:

    If it weren’t for census information, I wouldn’t have been able to construct my family tree. I share the mis-trust of what our current government plans to do with the information with many people who believe that they government has political motives above what the Constitution mandates. On the other hand that information will be vital to my future family who may not know that I existed if not for my name on a census form.

  3. 1 American. Done.

  4. hansgruber says:

    For all the “stick in the mud people” the only question you are required to answer is “Who many people were living at your address on April 1, 2010.

    For all you genealogist, if your relative was one of these people, I feel sorry that person is in your family tree.

  5. live4fish says:

    hansgruber says:
    May 4, 2010 at 7:42 am
    For all the “stick in the mud people” the only question you are required to answer is “Who many people were living at your address on April 1, 2010.

    Actually, if you would take the time to read all of the laws, the constitution and the Titles governing the census, you’re required to answer anything they ask of you.

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