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Give the place of birth of the father of the person for whom the entries are being made.
12. Place of birth of mother.
Give the place of birth of the mother of the person
Write the age in figures at nearest birthday in whole years, omitting months and days, for each person of one year of age or over. For children who on the 1st of June, 1890, were less than one year of age, give the age in months, or twelfths of a year, thus: 3/12, 7/12, 10/12. For a child less than one month old, state the age as follows: 0/12. The exact years of age for all persons one year old or over should be given whenever it can be obtained. In any event, do not accept the answer "Don't know," but ascertain as nearly as possible the approximate age of each person. The general tendency of persons in giving their ages is to use the round numbers, as 20, 25, 30, 25, 40, etc. If the age is given as "about 25," determine, if possible, whether the age should be entered as 24, 25, or 26. Particular attention should be paid to this, otherwise it will be found when the results are aggregated in this office that a much more than normal number of persons have been reported as 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, etc., years of age, and a much less than normal at 19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 31, etc.
If the person, or father, or mother were born in a for eign country of American parents, write the name of the country and also the words "American citizen." if born at sea write the words "At sea;" if in the case of the father or mother the words “At sea” be used, add the nationality of the father's father or mother's father.
If born in Canada or Newfoundland, write the word "English" or "French” after the particular place of birth, so as to distinguish between persons born in any part of British America of French and English extraction respectively. This is a most important requirement, and must be closely observed in each case and the distinction carefully made.
CONJUGAL CONDITION AND CHILDREN AND CHILDREN LIVING
7. Whether single married, widow, or divorced.
Write single, married, widowed, or divorced, according to the conjugal condition of the person enumerated. No matter how young the person may be, the conjugal
condition, if "single,” should be always stated. 8. Whether married during the census year (June 1,
1889, to May 31, 1890).
Inquiries 13, 14, and 15 should be made concerning only those adult males of foreign birth who are 21 years of age or over.
Write yes or no, as the case may be. Mother of how many children, and number of these children living.
This inquiry is to be made concerning all women who are or have been married, including those widowed or divorced. The answers should be given in figures, as follows: 6 5; that is, mother of six (6) children, of which five (5) are living. If a woman who is or has been married has had no children, or if none are liv.
ing, state the fact thus: 0 0 or 3 0, as the case may be. Place of Birth and Parent Nativity 10. Place of birth.
Give the place of birth of the person whose name appears at the head of the column opposite inquiry 1, and for whom the entries are being made.
Profession, Trade, or Occupation, and Months Employed
16. Profession, trade, or occupation.
This is a most important inquiry. Study these instructions closely, and in reporting occupations avoid the
profession, trade, or branch of work upon which he chiefly depends for support, and in which he would ordinarily be engaged during the larger part of the year. General or indefinite terms which do not indicate the kind of work done by each person must not be used. You are under no obligation to give a person's occupation just as he expresses it. If he can not tell intelligibly what he is, find out what he does, and describe his occupation accordingly. The name of the place worked in or article made or worked upon should not be used as the sole basis of the statement of a person's occupation. Endeavor to ascertain always the character of the service rendered or kind of work done, and so state it. The illustrations given under each of the general classes of occupations show the nature of the answers which should be made to this inquiry. They are not intended to cover all occupations, but are indicative of the character of the answers desired in order to secure, for each person enumerated, properly descriptive designations of service rendered or work done by way of occupation and as the means of gaining a livelihood.
stock raisers. Do not include lumbermen, raftsmen, log drivers, etc., engaged in hauling or transporting lumber (generally by water) from the forest to the mill, with the employees of lumber yards or lumber mills. FISHING.–For fishermen and oystermen describe the occupation as accurately as possible. Be careful to avoid the return of fishermen on vessels as sailors. If they gain their living by fishing, they should be returned as "fishermen," and not as sailors. MINING AND QUARRYING.—Make a careful distinction between the coal miners and miners of ores; also between miners generally and quarrymen. State the kind of ore mined or stone quarried. Do not return proprietors or officials of mining or quarrying companies as miners or quarrymen, but state their business or official position accurately. PROFESSIONAL PURSUITS.—This class includes actors, artists and teachers of art, clergymen, dentists, designers, draftsmen, engravers, civil engineers, and surveyors, mechanical and mining engineers, government clerks and officials, journalists, lawyers, musicians and teachers of music, physicians, surgeons, professors (in colleges and universities), teachers in schools), and other pursuits of a professional nature. Specify each profession in detail, according to the fact. These are cited simply as illustrations of these classes of pursuits. Distinguish between actors, theatrical managers, and showmen.
AGRICULTURAL PURSUITS.-Be careful to distinguish between the farm laborer, the farmer, and farm overseer; also between the plantation laborer, the planter, and plantation overseer. These three classes must be kept distinct, and each occupation separately returned.
Do not confuse the agricultural laborer, who works on the farm or plantation, with the general or day laborer, who works on the road or at odd jobs in the village or town. Distinguish also between woodchoppers at work regularly in the woods or forests and the laborer, who takes a job occasionally at chopping wood.
Make a separate return for government clerks occupying positions under the National, State, county, city, or town governments from clerks in offices, stores, manufacturing establishments, etc.; also distinguish government officials.
Make a separate return for farmers and planters who own, hire, or carry on a farm or plantation, and for gardeners, fruit growers, nurserymen, florists, vine growers, etc., who are engaged in raising vegetables for market or in cultivation of fruit, flowers, seeds, nursery products, etc. In the latter case, if a man combines two or more of these occupations, be careful to so state it, as florist, nurseryman, and seed grower.
Return veterinary surgeons separately from other surgeons. Distinguish journalists, editors, and reporters from authors and other literary persons who do not follow journalism as a distinct profession.
Avoid the confusion of the garden laborer, nursery laborer, etc., who hires out his services, with the proprietor gardener, florist, nurseryman, etc., who carries on the business himself or employs others to assist him.
Return separately chemists, assayers, metallurgists, and other scientific persons. DOMESTIC AND PERSONAL SERVICE.-Among this class of occupations are comprised hotel keepers, boarding-house keepers, restaurant keepers, saloon keepers, and bartenders; housekeepers, cooks, and servants (in hotels, boarding houses, hospitals, institutions, private families, etc.); barbers and hairdressers; city, town, and general day laborers; janitors, sextons, and undertakers; nurses and midwives, watchmen, policemen, and detectives. Specify each occupation or kind of service rendered in detail, according to the fact. The above are given only as
Return as dairymen or dairywoman those persons whose occupation in connection with the farm has to do chiefly with the dairy. Do not confuse them with employees of butter and cheese or condensed milk factories, who should be separately returned by some distinctive term.
PURSUITS OF TRADE AND TRANSPORTATION.—Distinguish carefully between real estate agents, insurance agents, claim agents, commission agents, etc. If a person is a real estate agent and also an auctioneer, as is often the case, return his occupation as real estate agent and auctioneer.
Return accountants, bookkeepers, clerks, cashiers, etc., separately, and state the kind of service rendered, as accountant-insurance; bookkeeper-wholesale dry goods; clerk-gas company; cashier-music store.
Telegraph operators, telephone operators, telegraph linemen, telephone linemen, electric-light men, etc., should be kept distinct, and a separate return made for each class. MANUFACTURING AND MECHANICAL PURSUITS.-In reporting occupations pertaining to manufactures there are many difficulties in the way of showing the kind of work done rather than the article made or the place worked in. The nature of certain occupations is such that it is well nigh impossible to find properly descriptive terms without the use of some expression relating to the article made or place in which the work is carried on.
Do not confound a clerk with a salesman, as is often done, especially in dry goods stores, grocery stores, and provi. sion stores. Generally speaking, the persons so employed are to be considered as salesmen, unless the bulk of their service is in the office on the books and accounts; otherwise they should be returned as salesman-dry goods; salesman-groceries, etc.
Stenographers and typewriters should be reported separately, and should not be described simply as "clerks." Distinguish carefully between bank clerks, cashiers in banks, and bank officials, describing the particular position filled in each case. In no case should a bank cashier be confounded with cashiers in stores, etc.
Do not accept "maker” of an article or "works in" mill, shop, or factory, but strive always to find out the particular work done. Distinguish between persons who tend machines and the unskilled workman or laborer in mills, factories, and workshops.
Describe the proprietor of the establishment as a "manufacturer," and specify the branch of manufacture, as cotton
Measuring America returned as a "maker” of an article.
In the case of apprentices, state the trade to which apprenticed, as apprentice-carpenter, etc.
school hours, where a child regularly attends school, should not be considered an occupation. But if a boy or girl, whatever the age, is earning money regularly by labor, contributing to the family support, or appreciably assisting in mechanical or agricultural industry, the kind of work performed should be stated.
Distinguish between butchers, whose business is to slaughter cattle, swine, etc., and provisions dealers, who sell meats only.
Distinguish also between glover, hatter, or furrier who actually make or make up in their own establishments all or part of the gloves, hats, or furs which they sell, and the person who simply deals in but does not make these articles. Do not use the words "factory operative," but specify in every instance the kind of work done, as cotton mill spinner; silk mill weaver, etc. Do not describe a person in a printing office as a "printer” where a more expressive term can be used, as compositor, pressman, press feeder, etc. Make the proper distinction between a clock or watch "maker" and a clock or watch "repairer.” Do not apply the word “jeweler” to those who make watches, watch chains, or jewelry in large establishments. Avoid in all cases the use of the word "mechanic," and state whether a carpenter, mason, house painter, machinist, plumber, etc. Do not say "finisher," "molder," "polisher," etc., but state the article finished, molded, or polished, as brass finisher, iron molder, steel polisher, etc. Distinguish between cloakmakers, dressmakers, seamstresses, tailoresses, etc. In the case of sewing machine operators, specify the work done. OTHER OCCUPATIONS.—When a lawyer, merchant, manufacturer, etc., has retired from practice or business, say retired lawyer, retired merchant, etc. The distinction to be made between housewives, housekeepers, and those assisting in housework has already been stated under "Domestic and Personal Service.” For the large body of persons, particularly young women, who live at home and do nothing, make the return as "No occupation." With respect to infants and children too young to take any part in production or to be engaged in any state occupation, distinguish between those at home and those attending school. For those too young to go to school, or who for some reason did not attend school during the census year, write the words "At home," and for those who attended school during some part of the school year write the words, "At school-public," or "At school-private,' according to the kind of school. If taught by a governess or tutor, it should be so stated. The student at college or engaged in special studies should be reported separately from scholars in public or private schools.
17. Months unemployed during the census year (June 1,
1889, to May 31, 1890).
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, ILLITERACY, AND LANGUAGE SPOKEN
18. Attendance at school (in months) during the census
year (June 1, 1889, to May 31, 1900).
For all persons between the ages of 5 and 17, inclusive, the attendance at school during the census year should be in all cases stated in months and parts of months. Where a person within the above ages did not attend school at all during the census year write "O," and for all other persons to whom the inquiry is not applicable use the symbol “X.”
Inquiries numbered 19 and 20 relate to illiteracy, and are to be made only of or concerning persons 10 years of age or over.
19. Able to read.
Write "Yes" or "No," as the case may be.
than one son or daughter in the family, and the home is owned by one of them, indicate which one by using the figure at the head of the column in which the name, etc., of the person is entered, as
"Owned-son (4)." 27. If owned by head or member of family, is the home
free from mortgage encumbrance?
say “Mortgaged.” 28. If the head of family is a farmer, is the farm which he
cultivates hired, or is it owned by him or by a mem-
free from mortgage encumbrance?
Write “Yes” or “No," as the case may be.
symbol “X.” 21. Able to speak English. If not, the language or dialect
persons under 10 years of age use the symbol “X." MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DEFECTS, ETC. 22. Whether suffering from acute or chronic disease,
with name of disease and length of time afflicted.
of time that it has lasted. 23. Whether defective in mind, sight, hearing, or speech,
or whether crippled, maimed, or deformed, with
head or by a member of the family?
To be answered in the same manner as for inquiry
27. 30. If the home or farm is owned by head or member of
family, and mortgaged, give the post-office address
of owner. In answer to this inquiry the post-office address of the owner of a mortgaged home or farm must be correctly stated; that is, the post office at which the owner (whether head of family, wife, son, daughter, etc.) usually receives his or her mail. In all cases where it can not be definitely ascertained whether the home or farm is mortgaged or not return the post-office address of the owner, so that this office can communicate with such persons. In connection with the definition of mortgage encumbrance it should be stated that judgment notes or confessions of judgment, as in Pennsylvania and Virginia, the deeds of trust of many States, deeds with vendor's lien clause, bonds or contracts for title that are virtually mort. gages, crop liens or mortgages upon crops, and all other legal instruments that partake of the nature of mortgages upon real estate, are to be regarded as such; but mechanics' liens are not to be regarded as mortgage encumbrances upon homes or farms. The enumerator should be careful to use the local name for the mortgage encumbrance when making the inquiries, and should not confine himself to the word “mortgage" when it will be misunderstood. Some of the difficulties which will arise in connection with the prosecution of the inquiries concerning homes and farms, and how they are to be treated, may be mentioned, as follows:
1. A house is not necessarily to be considered as identi
cal with a home and to be counted only once as a