Project Update #1

Over the last couple of weeks I have been starting to work on my project more and more.  For the most part now I have been trying to just get everything squared away and get my project planned out.  As I move on farther and farther in the project I am starting to see that one of the most time consuming things to do is to collect the actual data from the years I have chosen to look at.  There are a lot of names on each census and each one I have to look at the race of the person and possibly where they were born or where their parents were from.  The collecting of the data and the getting it in an organized fashion is going to be the part that I will probably have to spend the most time on.  Another issue that I think I will face later on down the road is getting the information and presenting it in a way that will grab people’s attention and make them want to learn about my research.  I believe that one way I can fix this problem is to put the information in some sort of visualization tool that will show a few things at one time, the only issue right now with that is finding the right tool and learning how to use it.  It has been interesting going through the census and seeing the different places that people have come from even in this area around us, but at the same time there are so many people labeled as “white”, and so little people who are labeled as “black”.  While there is diversity in the different ethnicities, the races all seem to be the standard majority white.  I am interested to see how this will look as a final project and how I will be able to get social media involved and get people to read my blogs and go on my website.  I am also interested in seeing how the area of Mahwah relates to the United States.  I am interested to see if they seemed to have influxes of immigrants at the same time or if Mahwah tended to take on the crowed after areas like New York filled up and jobs were unavailable.  More will be coming!

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