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Old 03-18-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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The last few census forms won't be as helpful to genealogists.

Politics is the problem.
Exactly...political correctness gone amok....
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:26 AM
 
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The censuses I have found most useful in family research are from the 1800s up to 1930; most have:

names of household members
ages
occupations
birthplace of each person
birthplace of each person's parent
education level
wealth ( for head of household)

There are others with: citizenship, date arrived in this country, years in this country, date of citizenship, year married, length of marriage, # of children born (living and deceased) and whether children are at school, etc.

It is always different on each census.

You can tell a lot about your family tracing them thru censuses.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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For those worried about privacy- don't you do your federal income taxes? what about social security?? That has much more personal info. The feds already know about you anyway if you are a legitimate citizen- so what's the big fuss about census data??? Don't you think the government (we the people) has a right to know who lives here?
I guess there's privacy and then there's "privacy". I find it a little amusing that people talk about the nosiness of gov't, yet expose some of the most intimate things about themselves on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. They carp about our diminishing right to privacy, yet send out nude snaps of themselves via cellphone that often end up as world-wide entertainment. The same people who put up videos about vast conspiracies to monitor our behavior will turn around and be bullish when asked to please dial back the volume of their cellphone conversations.

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PS I've already filled ours out and mailed it - took a couple minutes to do
Same here. As I did it, I shook my head and muttered "come 2082, genealogists will look at this information and call it 'useless' "
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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Does anyone know the official reason why the census is so abbreviated this time?

Compared to the 1930 census this one will be much less useful for both planning purposes and for future research- it doesn't even ask a question about income or place of birth. It doesn't even ask about literacy or level of education achieved.

State of birth is important for migration patterns. Country of origin is important for an ethnic snapshot of the population, etc. I think the waste of money comes in when one considers how much money was spent for so little info collected!

For those worried about privacy- don't you do your federal income taxes? what about social security?? That has much more personal info. The feds already know about you anyway if you are a legitimate citizen- so what's the big fuss about census data??? Don't you think the government (we the people) has a right to know who lives here?

Just strikes me as strange......

PS I've already filled ours out and mailed it - took a couple minutes to do.
Read the thread: some people do not want to even fill it out. Personally, I think this is a bit simple. However, I did not like the long form of 2000 (invasive, personally).

The other thing? Lots of people don't care about migration anymore. I loved watching my husband's family move from CT>VT>NY and from MA>VT>NY. It places them and when they finally get where they are going, you can pick up the family. OTOH, 70+ years from now, I won't be around to see it open.
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