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Discussion -Census Returns


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[h4 align=center]Census Returns:[/h4][br][br]Censuses have been taken in the every 10 years since 1801, the only exception in 1941 during World War II. The early ones were only basically head-counts of each house, but from 1841 they are a most useful and cheap source of genealogical information and research. [br][br]The census returns are subject to a 100-year closure rule, so, at the present moment, we are only able to view those for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and lately the 1901 census. . . .
The subject of the 100 year closure rule is an interesting one. I have seen mention that this rule is being challenged due to it's contravening our recently adopted Freedom of Information Act. The argument being made is that, with this act, the 100 year closure rule is no longer valid. it would be interesting to read people's thoughts on this.


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