Monday, October 05, 2009

U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives

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"Sometimes the greatest family history gifts come in interesting and unusual packages. Such is the case with the recently posted database of U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895.

The records in this collection were created by the Volta Bureau in Washington, D.C., to explore whether marriages where one or both parties were deaf impacted the chances that they would have children who were deaf. Questionnaires were sent to deaf couples and family members of deaf individuals that asked for information on three generations of the family—the couple’s parents and siblings, the married couple, and their children.

Section one asked for the couples name and marriage date and place. It also asked whether they were related in any way before the marriage and other details. Among the records in this collection is that of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel who was deaf."


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