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02 August 2010

September Membership Meeting: All About the Census

Joel Weintraub

Saturday, September 11, 2010
1:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California

We're talking census on the second Saturday in September. Joel Weintraub will present The U.S. Census: Questions, Confidentiality, and the 72 Year Rule.

Many genealogists think the 72 year confidentiality rule for the United States Census is based on life expectancy, or that the number of years is specified directly in some law. That is not the case, but the history of the 72 year rule, and the debate about opening any census record to the public should be part of every genealogists information base.

Joel will discuss: the growth of questions on the U.S. Census, many of them quite sensitive; when any promise of confidentiality was given to the public for the federal census; and an in-depth look at the debate between the Census Bureau and the National Archives as to the public's right to know about census population schedule forms, with the resolution of the question in 1978.

Joel Weintraub was born and raised in Manhattan. He is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about thirteen years ago, and was a regular volunteer at the National Archives and Records Administration in Laguna Niguel, California (before the move to Riverside). Joel started transcribing streets within census districts in 2001 to help researchers search the 1930 U.S. Census (released in 2002). He was joined in the venture by David Kehs and Stephen Morse in 2002, and together, they have produced a number of online census searching utilities for both the federal and the New York State censuses on the Morse One Step Website.

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