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Release of Census

(11 Posts)
Anniebach Tue 01-Oct-19 17:15:28

1911 were released 2010, a year early

I had hopes 1921 would be released 2020, seems not

Septimia Tue 01-Oct-19 18:22:33

That's a shame. I'm looking forward to being able to work on deceased family members that I remember rather then just going backwards with my family tree.

Anniebach Tue 01-Oct-19 18:24:45

I was too Septima

LondonGranny Tue 01-Oct-19 18:26:49

Guessing that might be because there are more people still alive born then, but that's just a wild guess.

Anniebach Tue 01-Oct-19 18:29:19

They are sticking to the 100 year rule, 2010 they allowed 99

Septimia Tue 01-Oct-19 19:20:19

There can't be many people almost 100 years old who would be bothered by the census being released early. More people are living to over 100, so will they have to make it 110 years eventually?

I have to say, though, that the 1911 census gave me a clue about the birth of an uncle by marriage that was clearly not talked about in the family. He was living with his grandparents, his parents didn't marry until he was 5, father died shortly after and mother promptly remarried. Uncle changed his name when he was 21. He wouldn't have been pleased that I found that out!

So maybe the 100 year rule is necessary....

jeanie99 Fri 18-Oct-19 22:00:13

It's surprising what you find out doing research into families.
My husbands mother (MIL) would have been mortified to discover that her eldest brother was born before her mum and dad married.

Chestnut Sun 27-Oct-19 11:06:27

This has frustrated me for years! Some people would love to know the circumstances around their birth or early years but usually die before the census is released. My father for one. Born 1918 and died 2000 so couldn't see the 1921 census. I'd like to see the census after 80 years to give people like my father the chance to see what went on in their early life. In the USA it is 70 years which does seem a bit early I think.

They say the reason for the 100 year rule is to protect people's privacy, but that's ridiculous when you think how much can be found online for people who are alive today. We have no privacy! These people are either very old or deceased and this information is ancient history now. I think their argument is that the people of 1921 were promised the information they gave would not be available for 100 years and that is what they're sticking to.

Brahumbug Mon 25-May-20 14:12:23

No, the reason they are sticking to it is because that is the law. The 1921 census was covered by an act which specified 100 years, it would therefore require primary legislation to overturn it. The previous censuses where not so bound.

Oopsadaisy3 Mon 25-May-20 14:15:38

I hope it isn’t delayed due to everyone working from home and trying to put it online from their sitting rooms!
I can’t wait to see it.

HeyHo Sat 02-Jan-21 21:09:55

I am a professional genealogist and hope that I can help with census release dates.
1901 and 1911 were released as soon as the technology was in place and transcriptions had been done, and licenses obtained by the various genealogy sites.
In 1920 the Census Act placed a 100 year closure on all census returns, so that covers the 1921 census. My latest information is that it is probably going to be released into the public arena in Jan 2022.
The 1939 Register is a very valuable 20th century tool. It was taken on the outbreak of WWII on the 29th September 1939 to facilitate the management of the population during wartime conditions. Each person recorded was meant to give their exact date of birth - which census returns do not do, as they as 'how old are you?' Bear in mind the 1939 register, as any record, is only as good as the information supplied. My grandfather was notorious for adjusting his date of birth to suit his circumstances - ie which granny he was married to at the time. He was born in 1881 - I know that - but he is recorded as anywhere between 1879 and 1885 - so beware!
The 1939 register was updated right until the 1990's when digitised - it was also used to help assess the population for the NHS in 1948. When I say updated I mean that often females married names are written alongside their names at the time the register was taken. This register can be found on most genealogy websites.
If you do not want to pay for subscriptions, try looking at the free site '' there is a lot of interesting info on there. and it also links to Find my Past where it is easy to pick up newspaper articles. Good Luck and Enjoy!