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The story the census tells

Across the U.S., people are filling out their Census forms, providing detailed information about who they are and how they live in 2020. The answers matter for short-term political decisions, but they will also be invaluable for genealogists, who rely on the Census to piece together the narratives of American families.

“The Census is the master key,” explains genealogist Rich Venezia. “Its importance to American genealogy can’t be overstated. It can be somewhat basic in the information it provides while also distilling American

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