It’s countdown to census time and  family historians will no doubt have noticed that the 2011 census team has been engaging with the genealogy community since last autumn  through a family history area on the website

Family historians  are invited to share their stories of how they have used the historic censuses in their research and post the stories on the census website. These stories have provided some of the most engaging content on the site. The census team has also created a fan  page on Facebook  for members of the of the public to share their stories, tips and hints and tell how the’ ve  used the census to find people from their past. The Facebook fanpage also links back to the Societ y of Genealogists Facebook fanpage so why not visit both? if you “like” them then you can follow news and updates about the census leading up to census night and, of course, hear what’s going on at the  SoG.

The 2011 census website also includes tips on the census pages about tracing your family history and how the historic censuses can help. There is also a very useful free information leaflet on on the Society of Genealogists Website  which will help you use the census records of England and Wales in your family history research

With census well and truly in our minds and the scehdules falling through our front door, more and more people are  now signing up to the 2011 census Facebookpage and web pages. Will the 2011 census be of help to family historians in one hundred years? It’s up to the family history census ambassadors to ensure it is as complete a record as it can possibly be.

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