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Subject: census and military
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 19:30:44 -0600 (CST)
> I've been searching for a man who does not appear in any census in the
> area where his daughter knows he lived...she was born there. He was also
> not in any of the city directories. Just recently she let me know he
> was military and lived on the post. Well, I don't know for sure, but I
> don't believe people who lived on military posts were counted in censuses
> in the past. I have found others who lived off post in the same censuses.
People living on army posts were counted just like everybody else.
So were people in hospitals, hotels, and jails. I've run across all of
the above while viewing censuses.
> I know for a fact, however, that my husband and I and our children were
> not included in the 1960 and 1970 censuses. We were in Puerto Rico in
> 1960 and Italy in 1970. In 1980 we were retired military living off
> post and were included in the census.
In 1970 I was in the army living in the barracks on post. I remember
filling out a census form. May I suggest that perhaps your husband
filled it out and never mentioned to you? I barely remember it myself.
Every week we were having to fill out some damn form or other.