Wide coverage given to census

Major coverage from the media followed the 25-city announcement Oct. 23 of the online 1880 U.S. Census, and the 1881 Canadian and British Census.

In Los Angeles, Calif., the announcement was made at the University of Southern California, which was founded in 1880, to a large group of dignitaries including representatives of historical and genealogical organizations. Coverage of the event was included in the major newspapers and several ethnic publications.

In Toronto, Ontario, representatives of the Ontario Archives and genealogical societies attended the news conference, and major articles were published for three days in the Globe and Mail, a large national daily newspaper, said John Farrington, director of public affairs/media specialist for eastern Canada.

In Minneapolis, Minn., Steven Ruggles, head of the University of Minnesota Population Center, which helped prepare the census for electronic formatting, received an award for the center's efforts. Genealogical and historical society representatives also attended. Coverage of the event was given by two television stations, the two major newspapers, the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, said Lynne Cropper, multi-stake director of public affairs.

Press conferences were held in 25 other cities, including New York City, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Atlanta, Ga.; Oakland, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Cleveland, Ohio; Hartford, Conn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Pittsburg, Pa.; Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Edmonton, Alberta; Seattle, Wash; Calgary, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario; and Montreal, Quebec.

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