2010 census will help with family research

Feb. 2, 2010 at midnight
Updated Feb. 2, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.

This year, the 23rd national population census of the United States, known as the 2010 Census, will be conducted.

Each year since 1790, a survey of each household in every state has been scheduled every 10 years as required by the United States Constitution.

The last census was completed in 2000.

The results of the 2010 census will determine the number of seats each state receives in the United States House of Representatives in the upcoming November 2010 elections and consequently will affect the number of votes states receive in the Electoral College for the 2012 presidential election.

In previous censuses, one in six households received by mail a detailed form asking for social and economic information.

The 2010 Census, however, will use only a short-form asking basic questions such as name, gender, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure.

The head of the household should complete the form in blue or black ink for every person living in the residence on April 1, including relatives and non-relatives.

After completing the census form and before mailing it, make a copy to keep for your files because it will be 72 years before this census will be released for public view.

To protect the privacy of living individuals, access to population schedules is restricted for 72 years after the census is taken.

In April 2012, the 1940 U.S. Census will be released for public view having reached the end of the 72-year restriction period.

The Census Bureau is required by the U.S. Constitution to count everyone living in this country, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

To learn more about the 2010 Census, go online to www.census.gov/acs.

A timeline set for the 2010 U.S. Census includes the following dates:

March 2010 - Census forms are mailed or delivered to households between March 15 and 17, with a cover letter and postage paid return envelope.

April 2010 - National Census Day - Return completed forms in the mail.

April to July 2010 - Census takers visit households that did not return a form by mail.

December 2010 - By law, the Census Bureau delivers population information to the president for apportionment.

Historic Texas Newspapers Online

The Calhoun County Library now sponsors online access to the Texas Historical Newspaper Archives database accessible from your home computer.

Online, go to cclibrary.org, click Links on the left, scroll down and click Texas Historical Newspaper Archives, a collection of select titles from 50 Early Texas Newspapers.

In the library card number blank, type 100077979. Here you will find Texas Historical Archives.

Some of the newspaper options include News/Opinions, Election Returns, Letters, Poetry, Legislative Acts or Legal Proceedings, Commodity Prices, Shipping News, Advertisements, Birth Notices, Matrimony Notices, Death Notices, Cartoons and Comics.

If you cannot access the newspapers, contact Debbie Stovall at the Calhoun County Library, 361-552-7323.

Quip for the Day: "If your parents never had children, chances are. . . neither will you." - Dick Cavett

E-mail genealogy queries to Martha Jones at mjones@vicad.com.



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