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Campaign to Open Historic Registers

Guy

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There is now a petition online at
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62779

Please sign this petition and share the url with your friends and contacts

Apathy will destroy any chance of success.

These registers are your heritage.
They are archived for your information
Please help to make it Easier and Cheaper to access them

For more information about the campaign see
http://anguline.co.uk/ohrn.html

Cheers
Guy
 
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I signed yesterday. From a personal point of view, I don't see why in this day and age, census reports are withheld for 100 years. :rolleyes: At least I may have found out more about my 'welsh brick walls' as to who lived where and when before I entered this world. :rolleyes:
 

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I signed yesterday. From a personal point of view, I don't see why in this day and age, census reports are withheld for 100 years. :rolleyes: At least I may have found out more about my 'welsh brick walls' as to who lived where and when before I entered this world. :rolleyes:
Most likely to protect the privacy of anyone living :rolleyes:
Yet USA dont seem to have a 100 year rule with their census :confused:

I would love to get my hands on the 1921 and 1931 census and see where my grandmother was then :rolleyes:
 

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I would love to access the 1921 census. I hope it is released before the ever so annoying 100 year closure rule like the 1911 was in 2008 after 97 years.

As for BMD's released to the public then I am all for it. As said they are our heritage and our future as well.
 

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Most likely to protect the privacy of anyone living :rolleyes:
Yet USA dont seem to have a 100 year rule with their census :confused:

I would love to get my hands on the 1921 and 1931 census and see where my grandmother was then :rolleyes:
The 100 year rule on Census is in place today because lies were told in the House of Commons prior to the debate on the matter.
The Registrar General was later forced to write an apology, but by that time it was too late to do anything about it, the vote had gone through.

This campaign is all about Historic Registers i.e. those between 100 and 177 years old, so there should be no concerns about privacy.
Cheers
Guy

PS the 1911 census was not released early by accident it took a lot of work behind the scenes to get it released.
 
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The 100 year rule on Census is in place today because lies were told in the House of Commons prior to the debate on the matter.
The Registrar General was later forced to write an apology, but by that time it was too late to do anything about it, the vote had gone through.
And politicians still lie :2fun::2fun:

Thanks for the explanation Guy :)
 
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Gibbo, politicians don't lie, they are experts at being very economical with the truth, but I've never found where they learn how to do that!:2fun::2fun:
I've retired from voting because the options are 'Mickey Mouse; Donald Duck or Popeye'!! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
 

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Have just signed the petition. Am so sick of not being able to get hold of information pertinent to my family search and being told by officials that the information is not available yet. This is MY family history not some random stranger and most of the people involved are DEAD. Im sure other people feel the same.

Its time the government took notice of the increasing numbers of people tracing their family history and allowed access to the records from the 1921 census. I for one would be willing to pay for the service.

Having to constantly wait 2-3 weeks for certificates is becoming ridiculous, not to say annoying that the GRO wont even give the information over the phone despite having already paid for it!!!!: mad:

The Irish offices are much more helpful and accommodating, having had to ring several times and when ordering certs it only takes a couple of days for delivery.
 

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The 100 year rule is truly archaic, especially in this world of modern technology, because IMHO, those searching for family history, relatives etc., are very unlikely to start wanting to claim compensation if the census in 1841 was not carried out properly, let alone 1921-1951. Having said that, the 100 year rule has applied to the release of pertinent information surrounding events during WWII - and although I doubt if anything they release will give me any more information relating to my late uncle, all those with interest will be long gone along with those that could start to ask awkward questions, like me, unless I live beyond 95!!!. :rolleyes:
 

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I want to access by 2xgreat granny's hospital records as she died in 1943. But I think they remain closed until 2044. I wish I could access them as she has been dead almost 71 years.

FamilySearch has released some UK records but you have to go to a library or be a member of the LDS to view images. I find that very annoying, these records should be for anyone to access seeing as they are vital to genealogists.

I can understand a 50 year closure rule but not 100. The 1940 US census is available and has been since 2012, after 72 years whereas over here we have to wait 100 years for the 1921 census to be available. I would certainly pay to view my grandparents, 2 of them were babies in 1921. I know where they lived in 1921.
 

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It is currently at 3,970 signatures which means if it carries on at this rate there will only be around 65,866 signatures when it ends next year.
Unless more genealogists & member of the public support the petition by signing it will get nowhere.

Which is a shame as I have been able to drum up support from a number of MPs in both Houses of Parliament to support the campaign and bring a bill to parliament.

The petition is online at
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62779

Please sign this petition and share the url with your friends and contacts

Apathy will destroy any chance of success.

These registers are your heritage.
They are archived for your information
Please help to make it Easier and Cheaper to access them

For more information about the campaign see
http://anguline.co.uk/ohrn.html

Cheers
Guy
 

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