[Great Britain] Future of the British Census

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

In 2010 we were made aware that due to the high cost of doing the census there was concern raised that government might abandon future censuses. Instead, they were looking at different methods to make an accounting of England and Wales. To read the 2011 article see: http://tinyurl.com/mu4bb6c

Recently, the electronic newsletter Lost Cousins raised the issue again. The article notes that in 2011 there was a consultation document that noted that family historians were the second largest group of respondents although the consultation was not intended for family historians.  The report provides six options from continuing as is, a rolling census to a short form every 10-years. The newsletter provides a link to the report and they may be accessed by going to: http://tinyurl.com/kjh25s5

Further consultation may be forthcoming and British family historians may wish to follow this.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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