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From: Rick Van Dusen <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Family History was RE: census question
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 06:49:37 -0700
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My point was that even the sources we are inclined to regard as the most
permanent can disappear. The original Census records or the US Army
records are excellent examples of that, IMO.

And BTW, I don't know when the 72-year restriction was applied, but I
know that Albert Harrison Van Deusen, in his work published in 1912,
took data from the 1850 Census, which wasn't yet 72 years old. He
doesn't appear to have taken anything from the 1860, though, so maybe
the restriction then was in the range of 50 to 60 years (can't be
further nailed down from this evidence, since we have no idea how long
before 1912 AHVD consulted the Census). Therefore, we know (without
further research) that the 72-year restriction was not always the case.

bob gillis wrote:
> On 6/21/2010 4:02 PM, Rick Van Dusen wrote:
>> 2. A source is a source (and thus should be cited, regardless of quality
>> or durability), and almost all sources are subject to disappearance,
>> e.g. 1890 Census
> These are not good examples.
> If the 72 year period for releasing the Census applied in the 1920s then
> no one could have accessed the 1890 Census records for genealogical
> research before they were destroyed by fire on 10 Jan 1921.
> > US Army WWII records.
> Apparently 80% of these records were destroyed in 1973 so any citations
> to the 80% would probably be be in secondary sources .
> See this Prologue article at
> bob gillis
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