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Primary Sources: 1990 Census
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Consider These Questions

  

1. Why did the categories on the forms change over time, and what do those changes tell us about the specific times that each of the forms came from?

2. Compare and contrast: What are the key important similarities and differences between the forms?

3. What is your overall sense about the likelihood of achieving accuracy on these forms for counting and gathering data about the population?


1990
POPULATION INQUIRIES—
Continued

Please fill one column for each person listed in Question 1a on page 1.

PERSON 1

PERSON 2

Last Name



Last Name



First Name



Middle initial

First Name



Middle initial

2. Do not ask for Person 1.
How is ... related to (Person 1)?
Fill ONE circle for each person.

If Other relative of person in column 1, fill circle and print exact relationship, such as mother-in-law, grandparent, son-in-law, niece, cousin, and so on.

START in this column with the household member (or one of the members) in whose name the home is owned, being bought, or rented.

If there is no such person, start in this column with any adult household member.

If a RELATIVE of Person 1:

 

Husband/wife

Brother/sister

 

Natural-born or adopted son/daughter

Father/mother

 

Grandchild

 

Other Relative

 

Stepson/
stepdaughter

3. Is ... male or female?
Fill One circle for each person

  Male      Female   Male      Female

4. What is ... 's race? For example, White, Black, American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or an Asian or Pacific Islander group such as Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Asian Indian, Samoan, Guammanian, and so on.
Fill ONE circle for the race that the person considers himself/herself to be. If response is "American Indian", ask—
What is the name of ....'s enrolled or principal tribe?

If response is an "Other API" group such as Cambodian, Tongan, Laotian, Hmong, Thai, Pakastani, and so on, fill the "Other API" circle and print the name of the group.

If response is "Other race", ask—
Which group does ... consider (himself/herself) to be?

White

 

Black

 

Indian (Amer.)(Print the name of the enrolled or principal tribe.

 
 

Eskimo

 

Aleut

 

Asian or Pacific Islander (API)

 

Chinese

Japanese

 

Filipino

Asian Indian

 

Hawaiin

Samoan

 

Korean

Guamian

 

Vietnamese

Other API

 

Other race (Print race)

White

 

Black

 

Indian (Amer.)(Print the name of the enrolled or principal tribe.

 
 

Eskimo

 

Aleut

 

Asian or Pacific Islander (API)

 

Chinese

Japanese

 

Filipino

Asian Indian

 

Hawaiin

Samoan

 

Korean

Guamian

 

Vietnamese

Other API

 

Other race (Print race)

5. AGE AND YEAR OF BIRTH

a. How old is ...?
(Age should be as of April 1, 1990)

If unknown, say—
Please give me your best estimate.
Print the age in the boxes, then fill matching circle under each box.

b. In what year was ... born?
Print the year of birth in the boxes, then fill the matching circle below each box.

a. Age
   
b. Year of birth
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
a. Age
   
b. Year of birth
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

6. Is ... now married, widowed, divorced, seperated, or has ... never been married?
Fill ONE circle for each person.

 Now married Separated
 Widowed Never married
 Divorced 
 Now married Separated
 Widowed Never married
 Divorced 

7. Is ... of Spanish/Hispanic origin?
For example: Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Spaniard, or from the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America.

If "Yes", ask—
Which Spanish/Hispanic group is ...?
Fill the appropriate circle and if "Other Spanish/Hispanic," print one group.

No (not Spanish/Hispanic)

Yes, Mexican, Mexican-Am., Chicano

Yes, Puerto Rican

Yes, Cuban

Yes, other Spanish/Hispanic
(Print one group, for example: Argentinian, Colombian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard, and so on...)

 

No (not Spanish/Hispanic)

Yes, Mexican, Mexican-Am., Chicano

Yes, Puerto Rican

Yes, Cuban

Yes, other Spanish/Hispanic
(Print one group, for example: Argentinian, Colombian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard, and so on...)