These reports are the result of a collection of statistics of marriage and divorce for the years 1922- . They represent the 4th investigation on the subject made by the federal government. The 1st investigation, made by the former Dept. of Labor, covered the 20-year period 1867-1886; the 2nd investigation, made by the Bureau of the Census, covered the 20-year period 1887 to 1906; and the 3rd investigation, also made by the Bureau of the Census, covered the calendar year 1916. Cf. 1922, letter of transmittal.
No other official record or group of records is as historically significant as the 1790 census of the United States. The taking of this census marked the inauguration of a process that continues right up to our own day--the enumeration at ten-year intervals of the entire American population. In its very continuity the census is a mirror image of the evolution of the American republic, and the census of 1790, the first official enumeration of all heads of household residing in the infant republic, is the true starting point of this process, the place where we can point a finger and say with confidence, "This is where it started! From here on we deal with facts!"
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