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Hawaiian occupation coding for births and deaths in 1961

I received more than just the race summaries from the 1961 Statistical Supplement to the Hawaii Department of Health Annual Report. They also sent occupation counts. The table values were as follows (listed in the same order as the report), prefixed by a sequential number I’ve assigned:

  • 0 No occupation
  • 1 Professional, technical and kindred workers
  • 2 Farmers, managers, officials and proprietors
  • 3 Clerical and kindred workers
  • 4 Sales workers
  • 5 Craftsmen, foremen and kindred workers
  • 6 Operatives and kindred workers
  • 7 Private household and service workers
  • 8 Farm laborers and foremen
  • 9 Laborers, except farm and mines
  • R Armed forces
  • Not stated

It turns out that those assigned numbers fit penciled codes on all the birth and death certificates I have access to from 1959 to 1963.

On Obama’s certificate, both parents were students, coded “0″, and I would match that to the first category, “no occupation.” I found some other certificates (e.g. Ah’Nee’s mother) with an occupation of “None” also coded “0″. That leaves Armed Forces (the 11th code) without a 1-digit numeric value.

The Alan certificate from 1963 has the mother’s occupation as a teacher, coded “1″ and matching, I think, the second entry on the list. Alan’s father was in the military and I can’t figure out what his code is–looks to me like an “R” (which just might be a cute mnemonic for “R-med Forces,” but I’m not sure. Nordyke was a doctor and coded “1″. The Barstad death certificate from 1959 has the mother’s occupation as “Waitress” coded “7″ which aligns with “Private household and service workers”. The Glover certificate from 1960 lists an occupation of “Quarterman” (a foreman in a shipbuilding yard) and codes it “5″ which matches “Craftsmen, foremen and kindred workers” in the table above. The Monkton mystery certificate has an industry of “porter service” but the occupation is blanked out, but coded “7″, which makes sense as a “service worker.” The father’s occupation on the Ah’Nee certificate was “Chief Reefer” coded “5″. I think that’s sort of a ship’s engineer.

Additional examples:

Item Name Occupation Code
1962 Death Certificate Ammons Carpenter 5
1961 Death Certificate Orenstein Music Teacher 1
1962 Death Certificate Pohaku Rancher 2
1965 Death Certificate Gilbert Industrial Relations Manager 2
1959 Death Certificate Santos1 Housewife 0

 

By 1986, Hawaii had moved to a 2-digit occupational coding system.

It looks like once again the 1961 Statistical Supplement is the Rosetta Stone for penciled codes on Hawaiian birth certificates.

I have assigned this code set the OID: 1.3.6.1.4.1.37476.9000.7.0.1.2.1.


1Santos’ race is listed as “Portuguese,” and coded “1”

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9 Responses to Hawaiian occupation coding for births and deaths in 1961

  1. avatar
    sandiegojoe May 24, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    actually quarterman is the supervisor below foreman, and below the quarterman is the leaderman.

    Chief Reefer/Electrician/Junior

    4,778.72
    159.29

    In all probablity it is the Air Conditioning Electrician on a reefer ship.

  2. avatar
    gorefan May 24, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Do you also have the coding table for box 12b – kind of business or industry?

  3. avatar
    gorefan May 24, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    BTW, I think in “reefer” refers to refrigeration ships used to transport pineapples and other fruits from Hawaii.

  4. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy May 24, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    No. All I have is in the document linked at the start of the article.

    gorefan: Do you also have the coding table for box 12b – kind of business or industry?

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 24, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    I have assigned this code set the OID: 1.3.6.1.4.1.37476.9000.7.0.1.2.1.

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    gorefan May 24, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    No. All I have is in the document linked at the start of the article.

    Here is a 1956 Hawaiian BC. The Usual Occupation is “Enlisted Man” and looks like it is coded with a “v”.

    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread999641/pg13&mem=

    Also box 12b is code “1″ for “U.S. Air Force”

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    Comrade Fogovich May 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I’m curious about number 6, “operatives and kindred workers”. Those are the people who were assigned to pave the way for a usurper to become installed as president almost 50 years later, yesno?

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    Bonsall Obot May 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Comrade Fogovich:
    I’m curious about number 6, “operatives and kindred workers”. Those are the people who were assigned to pave the way for a usurper to become installed as president almost 50 years later, yesno?

    Of course. Why else would the “state” of “Hawai’i” need to talk in code in the first place?

  9. avatar
    ArthurWankspittle May 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Comrade Fogovich:
    I’m curious about number 6, “operatives and kindred workers”. Those are the people who were assigned to pave the way for a usurper to become installed as president almost 50 years later, yesno?

    Putting “Obot” would be too much of a give away.

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