18365Re: NCOD birthplace
- Jul 14, 2007
> There were others using this code on the page and I wonderThe initiative of the 1930 Census taker (or its absence) probably also
> if these people insisted that they were Slovak and not
> Czechoslovakian. Previously, the census listed them as
> coming from Slovakland.
played a role, Noreen -- to what degree s/he tried to determine an
existing country if he heard a name of a territory for which he found
no code, and also his and the polled person's familiarity with
Europe's current and historical geography. It was probably faster to
enter NCOD when the census taker heard something he had no clue about
than start a discussion.
_Slovakland_ appeared in the 1920 census, i.e. before the Census
Bureau introduced the country codes. If someone born in Banska
Bystrica said "Czecho-Slovakia," that's what the census taker entered,
and when the polled person said Hungary or Austria or Slovakland, that
became the entry.
_Slovakland_ was a meaningful English rendition. Czecho-Slovakia
consisted of 4 administrative units ("centrally administered states")
between 1918-1939 that were called "lands" (zem), not "states" like in
the US: Slovak Land (zem Slovenska), Czech Land, Sub-Carpathian Land,
and Moravian-Silesian Land. Prague copied the term from Germany which
still calls its federal states "lands."
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