[Article submitted by Robert Ward, President of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society]
The National Archives and Records Administration has clarified the final disposition plans for the 2010 Census.
According to Paul Wester, head of the Modern Records Program at NARA, the Census Bureau will preserve both the data collected during the enumeration of the census as well as scanned images of the census forms.
When the 2010 census is released in 2082 to the public, researchers will be able to trace their ancestors through the database and view the digitized images of the census forms.
Once the Census Bureau has submitted its final schedule and the records have been appraised by NARA, NARA will publish notice of the schedule in the Federal Register, enabling the public to obtain and comment on the schedule.