ERIC Number: ED154969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: N/A
Methods and Resources for the Construction and Maintenance of a Navajo Population Register.
Kelly, William H.
The most feasible method for constructing a Navajo population register was to produce a preliminary register from data contained in existing records and to perfect and extend this register either through subsequent clerical and record-accumulating operations, the existing school census operation, a special program of field enumeration, or a combination of these. Tests indicated that records in the Window Rock Office of Vital Statistics (i.e., 1940 Roll, numerical card file, birth and death certificates, sub-agency school census records, etc.) could be converted to a "birth certificate" system and that the resulting record would identify about 80% of all reservation Navajos by name, census number, year of birth, sex, tribe, father and mother's names and numbers. Another 15% would be identified by name, number, sex, year of birth, tribe, and, in most instances, by some information on one or both parents. However, these records contained no residence and origin data and lacked reliable vital status information. In order to correct any deficiencies, it was recommended that data be transcribed and converted to a system of individual tape or punched card records and that automatic data processing techniques be employed in a matching operation with sub-agency school census records in order to secure from them the information they contained on residence and vital status. A remaining serious weakness was a lack of knowledge of the vital status of about 35% of the individuals in the record and of the residence of large numbers of off-reservation Navajos. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Cancer Inst. (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Bureau of Ethnic Research.