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you know, the Romans had NO impact...

This seems like a good time to remind everyone to BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!

...because according to my calendar, Monday is the first business day after the start of Daylight Savings Time. Forget assassinating egotistical world-changing geniuses, the real significance is losing an hour of sleep. ;-)

Speaking of the Romans, census forms are in the mail. I'll have to talk to John about ours, and how it's worded and whether I'll be counted. I'm pretty sure I didn't get counted in 2000. It's very easy to get missed if you share a dwelling. Between that, and reading the mistakes in old census records, I have to wonder whether the data collected is really good for anything at all, even aggregated.

Fortunately for the genealogists of the future, they won't have to rely on census data to learn where I've been and what I'm doing (privacy? What privacy?). They'll be able to trace straight back to the same amusing records my dad and I found. Such as my grandfather, who appears in the 1920 census as a six-month-old baby... girl, named Florence. Or his father, whose occupation on the same record appears to be "moon pictures." We're still not sure whether that was the census-taker's handwriting, or Bob telling stories. Or both.

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swimpaddlz
Mar. 12th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
you should be counted. if you reside in the housing unit on the day the census is completed, you are supposed to be entered on the census form. i was counted in 2000 along with my two housemates out in boulder (as opposed to my home in NY, which was officially recognized by tax people and the state of CO as my official residence) we did some research to figure that one out, since two of the three of us had other "official" addresses and because we weren't any sort of family unit or anything.
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