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Re: Flake from London Ontario to Michigan/Mecosta Coun
Posted by: Jay Stein (ID *****4633) Date: March 27, 2006 at 21:43:15
In Reply to: Re: Flake from London Ontario to Michigan/Mecosta Coun by Jodie Schram of 536

       Jodie, the word you're looking for, is "enumerated." <grin> Perhaps you will receive credit for coining a new word, "censused." I remember reading an article once about how "new" words get accepted into the dictionary and there actually were quite a few routes. One way is through a word being commonly used by the general population, but strangely, one common way a new word, or a new definition for a word already in the dictionary to become included is by someone famous or in a position of "authority" incorrectly using a word, but because of who he or she is, others pick up on it, and the meaning becomes accepted. One story involves the late author, James A. Michener, who related that on one occasion he and his editor were reviewing one of his manuscripts when the editor pointed out that Michener had misused a particular word. Michener said that he insisted that it was a correct usage and finally the two decided to pull down the dictionary and see who was right. The editor had to concede that the meaning Michener used was in the dictionary, but then he show Michener that he, Michener was the source of that meaning and apparently had misused it in one of his previous novels! As Michener told the story, he and the editor got a big laugh out that, but because of Michener statute as not only a best-selling novelist, but also as a Pulitzer prize winning author, the meaning he used, even though incorrect, thus became an accepted use of the word. <grin> I understand there are several examples of television news anchors and reporters having repeatedly misused a word and because of their "statue," the meaning they used has since been included in the dictionary and is now an accepted use. Perhaps if enough other genealogist pick up on the word, "cenused," you'll eventually get credit too! <grin>

       In any case, I believe that "enumerate" means to count or list by naming one by one and thus the Census itself is said to be an "Enumeration" and the individual who recorded the Census is called an "enumerator." My Latin is very rusty, but I believe it comes from the Latin word to count, although I'm not sure if I remember the exact spelling, but I think it was something like "enumerare" which probably somehow evolves from the Latin word for number, "numerus" but I definitely getting in over my head here! <grin>

       In the early days of the Census, at least up through the 1860 Census, the enumerators were from the U.S. Marshal's office, usually Deputy United States Marshals. At some point, the Census Bureau workers became a part of the Department of Commerce and today the Marshal's office has nothing to do the Census, although having once many, many, years ago been a "Census Taker," or "Enumerator," I can also state that it might have come in handy a few times to have been able to have carried a U.S. Marshal's badge as there were some folks who did NOT want to be counted, some of whom were not all that friendly about the matter either. Although on the other hand that might not be a good idea in this day and age, as carrying the Marshal's badge might get one shot as there are a lot of folks who definitely have something to hide and would not hesitate to shoot and ask questions later. <grin> I imagine that the genealogist of a hundred years from now will have ample reason to curse the Census records of the 20th and 21stCenturies when they have trouble finding their ancestors. I know that the Census is not a job I would do today!

As to the Flakes of Snowflake, AZ, they are originally from the line of Samuel Flake (d. 1802) of Anson County, North Carolina.


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