History buffs urge residents to fill Census forms correctly

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FAMILY history buffs are urging city residents to complete their 2011 Census forms correctly for posterity.

The Census takes place on March 27 when every household is required by law to complete the questionnaire with the information gathered helping to plan and prioritise resources and public spending on housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.

But Peterborough Central Library’s archivist Anna Sexton has asked residents to fill the forms correctly to ensure their descendants can compile an accurate picture when detailed information is made public in 100 years time.

She said: “Census records are also an essential source of information for people researching their family histories.

“By filling in their 2011 Census form correctly people will be leaving a valuable legacy to future generations who want to research their ancestors.

“The information recorded on Census forms will be added together to provide total numbers of the make-up of Peterborough’s population, leading to the allocation of government funds. Specific family details will remain confidential for 100 years.”

A national census has been held every 10 years, except in 1941, since 1801, with names of individuals introduced in 1841.

Forms, complete with an individual bar code, will be posted to each household and, for the first time, people will be able to complete their details via an online form.

n For more information about the 2011 Census visit http://2011.census.gov.uk.