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#314771 - Wed Jul 26 2006 10:54 PM Census time again.
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Can't believe it's five years since the last one.

Forms will be delivered as of tomorrow for census night on the 8th of August.

Do you go to trouble of finding out the information they need? Or just take a rough guess? Or, it's none of their business and you lie all over the form?

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#314772 - Wed Jul 26 2006 10:59 PM Re: Census time again. [Re: Copago]
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I try to be reasonably close to the mark but some options are educated guesses. I am working that night, so will have to do it when I get home.

Oh, did you hear that when Norwegian explorer Leif Ericsson returned from his long voyage to America, there was no record of him at the Bureau of Statistics- apparently they had taken Leif off their census... (sorry! )
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#314773 - Wed Jul 26 2006 11:59 PM Re: Census time again. [Re: ozzz2002]
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I suppose I already told you that was one of my first 'real jobs'? I was eighteen, or thereabouts, and I was so terrified at asking people personal questions and punching in the answers on a punch data card. We had to insist and return about three times.

We had to ask them how many bathrooms they had and which ethnic group they identified themselves.
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#314774 - Thu Jul 27 2006 01:30 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: Bruyere]
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Australia has its census every five years. I worked on the 1996 and 2001 censuses (no, the plural is NOT censi).

I wasn't going to do it this time around but they contacted me and asked me to do it. In a moment of weakness I said yes. Now I am hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with this and my regular job too.

But the extra money will come in handy and I can use the exercise!

Edited to add: this is the first time we are having "e-census" facilities. Australians will be able to do their survey online if they want to.


Edited by MotherGoose (Thu Jul 27 2006 01:31 AM)
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#314775 - Thu Jul 27 2006 05:47 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: MotherGoose]
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Oh my god ozzz, that was AWFUL!!

We just had a census in May in Canada... ooooh, it was good to be counted for the first time (I've managed to miss all of the previous ones that I could have taken part in).
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#314776 - Thu Jul 27 2006 09:11 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: Copago]
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Quote:

Do you go to trouble of finding out the information they need? Or just take a rough guess? Or, it's none of their business and you lie all over the form?




Oh my gosh, don't lie! Your descendents who are infected with the genealogy virus will forever curse you. You will become known as "The Brick Wall". *shudder*

Or are you from that place that doesn't allow anyone to look at the census? In that case, never mind...
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#314777 - Thu Jul 27 2006 09:20 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: Taesma]
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She's right. I know I was thrilled to catch a glimpse of so many of my ancestors and found out about my great great grandparents and their households.
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#314778 - Thu Jul 27 2006 07:54 PM Re: Census time again. [Re: Bruyere]
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What kind of things do they want to know? I don't think there's ever been a census in the Netherlands for as long as I've been alive, hence my cluelessness on the subject.
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#314779 - Thu Jul 27 2006 08:14 PM Re: Census time again. [Re: Leau]
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I just received my form, and they ask questions about nationality, marital status, language, ancestry, medical care situations, schooling, occupation, children, salary, transport options, size and configuration of dwellings, internet access, and more.

It is VERY comprehensive, and runs to 17 pages.

The information is all tabulated, and the forms themselves are destroyed. The raw statistics are available to government departments, businesses and others, but the individual details are not released.
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#314780 - Thu Jul 27 2006 09:56 PM Re: Census time again. [Re: ozzz2002]
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Census time again! Better go pick up some Chianti.
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#314781 - Fri Jul 28 2006 12:22 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: quogequox]
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Was just out washing the car and someone crept up behind me wielding this big yellow 'War and Peace' lookalike. It was so tempting having that hose in my hand, I tell ya.
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#314782 - Fri Jul 28 2006 01:35 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: peasypod]
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Got mine too. Will probably be away that night so do I take that form with me or where-ever I am go onto that form? I mean the forms belong to the house and not the person don't they?

I'm so confused

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#314783 - Fri Jul 28 2006 01:45 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: Copago]
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You go on your host's form- see the notes for Q2, and then you have to complete Q53. I am not sure what you do if you are on an all-night bender..

I might use the online facility, as the pickup guy could not specify a time and date.
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#314784 - Fri Jul 28 2006 02:44 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: ozzz2002]
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I am not sure what you do if you are on an all-night bender..


What are you suggesting?

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#314785 - Fri Jul 28 2006 02:50 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: Copago]
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Oooo.. someone has a guilty conscience?

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#314786 - Fri Jul 28 2006 04:19 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: ozzz2002]
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Well, as a census collector, I'm really hoping lots of people will try the e-census - then I don't have to pick up the forms!
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#314787 - Sat Jul 29 2006 09:31 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: MotherGoose]
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I think the reason most people in the US are reluctant to answer census questions is because they have either failed to file their income tax returns, or have lied on those returns. I worked for the US Census Bureau for a couple of years, initially on wrapping up the 1992 Census of Agriculture which is taken every five years, rather the decennial census. The Census Bureau does not share the information it collects with other agencies until the data is tabulated and in statistical form. The personal information has been stripped from the data long before then.


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#314788 - Sun Jul 30 2006 12:45 AM Re: Census time again. [Re: McGruff]
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Got one delivered today. Just too bad they had to do it at nine o'clock on a Sunday morning!
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