Tell the Office of National Statistics what family historians need from the 2021 Census

Public consultation on the 2021 Census in England and Wales starts today

The decennial census is a vital source for future family historians and we should ensure that the information we give about ourselves and our communities will be of use when the census becomes publically available.

The next census in England and Wales will be in 2021 and as part of the census research programme, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today launches a 12 week public consultation asking users for their views on the topics that the 2021 Census might include.  ONS wants to determine the information that users want and need from the 2021 Census, and which data will in future be needed for policy, business, and administrative purposes within the public and private sectors.

ONS is encouraging people to respond online to their current proposals:

Anyone can take part in this public consultation which closes on Thursday
27 August and users’ feedback will inform further research, development of questions, and other engagement activities.

The National Statistician, John Pullinger, says:
“Decisions based on the census can touch the lives of all of us.
Individuals and organisations alike are able to make better decisions based on the unique and reliable evidence base that the census provides. But we can't run this major project alone. We need the help of census users to ensure that the census stays relevant and credible. So do please take the time to share your views through this consultation. Together we can make sure we understand as much as we need to about the population in 2021."

More information on the progress of the 2021 Census can be found on:

In addition to the online consultations ONS are running four regional roadshows to support this consultation. There will be examples, extra information and a chance for you to put your questions to experienced ONS staff.

It would be great if many genealogists can attend, but we stress that attendance is not necessary for you to take part in the topic consultation.

Road show dates and venues -
22 June 2015 Newcastle 10:00 to 13:30
23 June 2015 Birmingham  10:00 to 13:30
24 June 2015 Cardiff  10:00 to 13:30

25 June 2015 London  10:00 to 13:30

Book a place by emailing:

There are limited places at these events, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


The Society of Genealogists will of course attend this meeting and make formal response to the consultation on behalf of the Society's members and the wider genealogical community. So please do let us have your thoughts and ideas too as we prepare the response.

Contact the SoG Genealogist Else Churchill by email on

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