Thursday, 30 July 2015

English and Welsh 2021 census consultation

From the Federation of Family History Societies (, concerning a consultation on the future of the English and Welsh census (note that the Northern Irish and Scottish censuses are independently organised from those of England and Wales within the UK):

Send In Your Census Shopping List

Ever since 1841, the census has created comprehensive snapshots of information about people living in the British Isles. Each census is a vital source for family historians - including those in a 100 years' time who will want to find out about us and our contemporaries.

The next census in England and Wales will take place in 2021. To help prepare for this, the Office for National Statistics is asking the public which types of information they think should be included. It is important to focus on details that we need to know about each person but were not fully covered in 2011, such as:
  • Names in full, including maiden names
  • Full place of birth - i.e. village, town or city; county (or local equivalent) and country.

The census consultation website is only a click away - see

This opportunity is open to everyone, whether individuals or organisations. You can answer as many or as few of the questions as you wish.

Don't delay in having your say - the closing date is Thursday 27 August 2015.

The Federation has already submitted its own response to the consultation (click here - a PDF file will download). You are welcome to include material from it, if you wish, when you send in your own response.

(With thanks to Phillippa McCray at the FFHS)


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