Re: Census Puzzle #general

Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>

On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 15:48:14 UTC, (nitram)

I did a search for prwr and found that this question has been going on
for years and I could find no definitive answer.

According to my search three things are possible (1) prwr means prewar.
This seemed to be disregarded immediately because it was found on 1910
census and how would anyone know that a war was coming ... hence pre
war makes no sense. (2) pr wr could mean prisoner of war, and (3) some
individuals found grmy prwr on census' >from people they were sure were
from Russia. Some think that it may be an early means of some machine
presorting code.

However, I am intrigued and I will keep searching.

Martin Kleiner
"Keep searching" covers a multitude of sins, because it is amorphous.

Whatever its meaning, the string seems to be an ad hoc code for some
step in processing by the Census Bureau. This suggests that
application to the Census Bureau might disclose its meaning. The
website of this agency is at <>. In all
probability, there is a "Contact us" address or form somewhere on it.
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

ISMACH: >from Lomza Gubernia, Galicia, and Ukraina
HERTANU, ABRAMOVICI, LAUER: >from Dorohoi District, Romania
GRISARU, VATARU: >from Iasi, Dorohoi, and Mileanca, Romania

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