My family received our U.S. 2010 Census form last week and included in the mailer was a message for the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau which included among other things a reminder that this census will not be made public for 72 years. Using 25 years as an estimate for a generation, that means that this information won’t be available to my descendants for about 3 generations. That is unless I make them a care package. Here are my ideas:
- Complete the 2010 Census form and scan it. That way it becomes immediately available as part of your family history.
- Take a picture of your family in front of your house and take a second picture that includes the entire house.
- Use your favorite online map: Google, Bing, Yahoo, MapQuest, etc. and find your neighborhood or street on the map. Switch to aerial view, take a capture of the screen image and highlight your house in the context of your neighborhood. You may choose to highlight other points of interest.
- Take your video camera and do a walking tour of your neighborhood. Who knows what your neighborhood will look like in 72 years.
- Use the map of your neighborhood or on a separate sheet a paper, include the names and addresses of your friends and neighbors.
What other ideas do you have for a Census care package? What items do you think your descendants would want to see? What do you wish your ancestors would have included in a care package? If you choose to do a 2010 Census care package, share what you did.