The link at the bottom of this post was forwarded to me by a cousin who got it from another list.Check out the link at the bottom...it will take you to a blog with more information.Please forward this to all your genealogist friends and all the RootsWeb mailing lists you are subscribed to.Let's get our message out!!!!
I got in contact with the people mentioned in the blog post.The Congressmen each have a "Contact Me" portion of their website that I used, and in addition I sent an e-mail from my account email@example.com@nara.gov.
These links take you to the contact forms of the Congressmen.
We have to make our voices known.I was told they tried to do this after the 2000 census, but enough people complained that they changed their minds.Let's double the number of complaints this time!!!Below is the letter I sent out...feel free to use it and change whatever you like, but I thought it would be simple for you to just copy and paste it.
2010 CENSUS IMAGES TO BE DESTROYED?PLEASE....NO!!!!!!!
I have been informed that there are plans to destroy the 2010 census images after data is collected and analyzed.Please, tell me this is incorrect!
I am a genealogist and it would be devastating to know that, years down the road, my children or grandchildren won't be afforded the same opportunity of finding me in the census as I have been able to find my grandparents.These records are invaluable to genealogists and their destruction would be devastating.
I seriously urge you to reconsider if this idea has been placed on the table.What good could it accomplish?
There are reasons other than genealogical which these records should not be destroyed."If earlier officials had been so short sighted, millions of Americans could not have used the 1880 census to prove their ages and qualify for Social Security. What if a future prospective citizen must prove he or she was in the United States in 2010? Who knows what crucial uses this information may fulfill? If in seventy-two years, you’d like your descendants to be able to see your census form, act now or it will not happen." (adapted from a genealogical blog, Cape Cod Genealogical Society)What about gerrymandering?Shouldn't there be a permanent record of why districts were redrawn as they were?
Please explain to me why it would be better to destroy these after going to the expense of collecting the information?This is not something along party lines...this is a problem for ALL genealogists, regardless of political affiliation!What can we do to stop this?If you get enough e-mails like this...will it stop this from happening?What can be done to preserve these records?Please copy them to microfilm...or do SOMETHING to preserve our American legacy for future generations!!!
I will be sharing this information with all of my fellow genealogists and encouraging them to contact you.We have strength in numbers.
Sincerely, YOUR NAME HERE YOUR HOMETOWN HERE
The Census Bureau and the National Archives have agreed to throw out the 2010 census forms after archiving statistical data.
This means that seventy-two years later genealogist will see - nothing ...