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Tag: census

June
2nd

CENSUS: Questionnaire skips important question

I have always believed that the census was a good thing. It determines how many representatives an area gets and the amount of federal money. In years to come, it will be a great asset for those doing genealogy research.

Unfortunately, this census is a farce. There are only 10 questions, but the most important question is not asked. It does not ask if one is in this country legally. This would not be an issue if our borders were under control.

The current census is a slap in the face to all patriotic Americans and legal immigrants. The census

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May
3rd

CENSUS: Information vital for genealogists

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

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May
2nd

CENSUS: Don’t take out anger on canvassers

Hundreds of our neighbors are being trained right now to personally canvas to help complete the 2010 Census. Given the level of political animus that pervades our society, I worry about their safety once they start hitting the streets in the coming days.

I can understand why some are concerned about the information being sought on the census. I was one of those who received both forms, and I admit some of the questions on the long one are a little off-putting.
Remember, personal information from the census isn’t shared with other government agencies, there is no threat of

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