U.S. 2010 Census
- The U.S. census will be starting soon. Among the questions is #9 which
asks your race. If you do not match any of the official races they are
counting this time, PLEASE pick _Other_ race, and fill-in: "SLAVIC",
POLISH, UKRAINIAN, CZECH, RUSSIAN, LITHUANIAN, SLOVAK, JEWISH or whatever.
This will aid us in studying demographics and also genealogy. Here is
how. I know in my family some JAWORSKI became JAYES and some CHOJNACKI
became HOYNE neither of which look Polish. In fact HOYNE is an Irish
surname! By selecting _Other Race_: POLISH, for example, you can
identify for genealogists and sociologists an ethnicity. This may also
have positive ramifications for state/federal funding that may be
beneficial for some medical or social agencies.
If a descendant sees "JAYES", Other Race: POLISH, it may be an
indicator to that person that this is an ancestor who changed the name
and it might be another clue to support a familial relationship. Of
course that descendant may not know if this JAYES was originally a
JAWORSKI but it may help if other factors match.
Let's make it a campaign to fill in question #9. Do not remain
'race-less', pick some ethnicity! Pick 'GENEALOGIST'. Pick something!
This is our Census, stand-up and be counted!
(Suggested by C. Michael Eliasz from another list and passed along
with permission. The names are from my family however.)