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18301Re: NCOD birthplace

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  • Martin Votruba
    Jun 30, 2007
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      >> Some census records list NCOD
      > No Country Of Birth.........

      It is NCO_D_, not "B" for "birth."

      It was an acronym provided by the Census Bureau to the census takers:

      In Census records, it stood for "No Code" -- meaning that the person
      gave a country of origin (or some other information) for which the
      Census Bureau provided no code. E.g., if someone said "Saxony," the
      census taker looked it up and entered _KSAX_. That was the code
      provided by the Census Bureau. If someone said "Czechoslovakia," the
      code was CZEC, Austria was AUST (as oposed to AUSL, which was
      Australia), Hungary was HUNG.

      But if someone said _Slovakia_, there was no code for it and the
      census takers' instructions were to enter NCOD in such instances.


      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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