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Being Counted in 2010

Sunday, March 7 at 2:30, the W.K. Gordon Center in Thurber, Texas, is hosting a free collaborative program with James Welch and LeAnna Schooley on the importance of the 2010 Census. They will discuss how past census reports have proved invaluable in historical family research and how to access and interpret them for your own use.

The first United State Census was conducted in 1790 after the American Revolution. Taken every ten years, the census shapes political representation in Congress and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding. It helps guide local decision-makers in important community planning, including new roads, hospitals, and schools. James Welch is a Partnership Specialist with the U. S. Census Bureau. He will give an overview of census history and will explain how the process works, how it is different this year, and how you can be counted in 2010.

LeAnna Schooley is Curator/Facilities Manager of the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas at Thurber. She received a B. A. in Museum Studies and History from Baylor University and a M. S. in Architectural Studies with a specialization in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been involved seriously in family history for 20 years. Schooley finds census records especially helpful. She points out that they can be a quick way to gather information about a family group at a certain point in time, details about individuals, and general hints about their neighbors and the communities they lived in. Her genealogical work has dovetailed nicely with her museum professional work. During her graduate studies, Schooley worked at  the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum and did a great deal of research in early Texas records for those seeking to prove family connections that would allow membership to the organization.Call 254-968-1886 for more info!