Re: Federal census procedure

Toni Benson (
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 06:48:30 -0400 (EDT)

You might try reading "200 years of U.S. Census Taking : population and
housing questions, 1790-1990". This is a publication put out by the U.S.
Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

Toni Benson

On Wed, 18 Jun 1997, dsee wrote:

> Hello NY Researchers
> I am curious to know what sort of procedure was used by clerks writing
> the federal census books. In particular, did they write the information
> directly, without a preliminary draft? If there was a draft copy, did
> the same person make the draft as made the final copy? Were the subjects
> asked to write everything down if they were literate? Is there a book or
> pamphlet (or web page?) addressing the subject?
> What I'm looking for is an explanation for why my surname (SEE) was not
> only indexed as LEE most of the time, but often to all appearances
> written LEE by different clerks at different times and places. It has
> made the name rather difficult to research!
> Thanks,
> David See
> Researching SEE, DUTCHER, CONKLIN, DEKKER, and maybe also SNYDER,
> KELLERHOUSE, and SCHUMACHER, depending on my mood.
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