Re: Census 2021
Posted by Allan Campbell on March 13, 2021, 15:46:50, in reply to "Re: Census for Ron"
Not seen it as it goes to my daughters. I know the letter arrived last week. |
As I have not seen it I cannot really comment on its content, but any question will be relevant to some researcher.
The problem that could well arise today is ď what in these days of PC what can they ask of how to we ask a question on XYZĒ.
The census is a legal requirement of Government and itís questions are laid down. Itís the supplementary questions that are added to it. Those will never be seen by the public in 100 years time.
The first Census was just to try to find out how many people there were in the U.K. not until that of 1841 was the Census any use to research your family but it was of limited use as ages were rounded up or down and place of birth limited to birth in County, country of birth. Not a lot of use by itself, but if you had your family on the 1851 C that answered a lot of questions about the 1841 C.
The main problem with all the Census document available today 1841 to 1911 and the 1939 records are the people who entered the info. Handwriting can be a big problem and some enumerators differed from others in what they wrote.
The biggest problem was always language, a well spoken enumerator speaking to a broad Welsh or Scots or a Geordie often had difficulty in getting the names and occupations correct. A Haader On, down as a riveter. The worst is anything to do with the land. Agl.. Labourer covered a Hugh amount of jobs, I think it was an easy way out. However I have never seen the remit given to the enumerators to work from.