Census Detectives


The Census Detectives are a small troupe of family historians from the Society of Genealogists who travel to various family history fairs in England and Wales showing people how to make best use of the internet for their research. With years of experience and understanding of the intricacies of online indexes and databases the Census Detectives provide the opportunity to sit down and have a personal consultation and see if that elusive census or BMD entry really can’t be found.


The Census Detectives will be attending the genealogy events listed below. Follow the links for more information about the individual events:

Census Detectives 2014
dates are currently tentative

WDYTYA Live 2014
20-22 February
Olympia, London

Dorset Family History Family History Day
15 March
Poole, Dorset

31 May

Sussex FHG Family & Local History Fair
17 May
Fishbourne Centre, Chichester, West Sussex

Sheffield & District Family History Fair
1 May
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Hillsborough Sheffield

Rustic Sunday

Bucks FHS Open Day
The Grange School

Wiltshire FHS Family History Open Day 2014
21 June
10:00 - 15:30
Civic Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AH

York Family History Fair
28 June
10:00 - 16:30
The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

West Midlands Area Group Fair
9 August
Sixways, Worcester Rugby Club, Worcester, WR3 8ZE



News from and about the Census Detectives can be found on their Facebook Page  and you can also follow  Census Detective Graham Walter on Twitter @CensusDetective



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