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Subject: [TXBROWN] Census 2000
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 15:44:21 EST
This article was in the Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning. I thought it was
interesting and may be helpful to the people with short forms...alas I have
the 53 pager..I'm not answering all the questions , they should have sent me
the short one.
Pass it along:You can file your census on line
by Jerry Daniel Reed
One of the best kept secrets of this census gathering season is that
people can file their census form via the Internet , unless you got the long
The one out of every six households that get the long form must still
file by paper.
The U. S. Census Bureau added the electronic filing option late in the
game---too late to adequately publicize it, said Census official Jack Evans.
Nowhere on the census forms mailed to 119 million American households does it
even mention the Internet option.
"I think they wanted to make sure it was flawless" before proceeding ,
But, for the computer-savvy, the process is simple and can save licking
the envelope and a trip to the mailbox.
First, call up the Web page at
which will fetch a menu offering this option: 'See if your paper form can be
filled out by the Internet."
Be sure to hang onto the barcoded form delivered to your specific mailing
address ,for that contains a needed to sign in to file electronically .
Evans said the same concern about security and privacy of personal
information crops up as with paper filing, so the Census Bureau uses a double
encryption process to guard against unauthorized access to the census
Because online filing is being publicized so late, John Thompson ,
director of census operations, said the Census Bureau expected only 7 million
of 115 million households to file electronically.
Ten years from now, though they expect a radically different story. Evans
envisions mailing postcards to all households in 2010 , allowing residents to
choose between requesting the traditional paper form to be mailed or logging
onto the Internet to complete the census.
Those who haven't already mailed in the form , they may still file
electronically until April 15.
Genealogists have no Census.....