The new census question about ancestry: What did it tell us?

  title={The new census question about ancestry: What did it tell us?},
  author={Reynolds Farley},
  • R. Farley
  • Published 1 August 1991
  • Sociology
  • Demography
In addition to specific inquiries about race and Spanish origin, the censuses of 1980 and 1990 included an open-ended question about ancestry, which replaced the question about parents’ place of birth that had been used since 1870. This paper examines findings from the new ancestry question from the perspective of measuring ethnicity. The question adds little information about Hispanics, racial minorities, or recent immigrants, who can be identified readily on the basis of other census… 

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