Censuses encourage millions to engage in family history research and self education and to become interested in history for the first time in our lives.
The invaluable research tool of our Censuses (1841 to 1901 released so far) have generated a huge family history community with great pride in our families, in their values and achievements. By encouraging family history research, Censuses encourage community pride and cohesion.
Abolition of the 2021 Census is opposed by millions of us in the family historian community, for whom censuses are vital databases. Our descendants should have access to these historic records just today's family historians do.
Censuses are one of few means of ordinary people researching our family histories. Without them, poor people's descendants will not be able to research us, their ancestors, in the way that contemporary family historians have been able to use prior censuses to research our ancestors.
That over 20 million family historians accessed the 1901 census (which includes about 5 million British family historians) in just the few days following its release testifies to how important censuses are to family historians and the popularity of family history.
Censuses have hugely important educational and research value for people of the present and future: governments as well as individuals.
We have a moral and historical responsiblity to maintain and look after these vital records.
UK could make BILLIONS from the 1921 census!
Why should only the rich and enobled (like David Cameron and NIck Clegg!) have family histories?
Please save the Census: the poor's Debrett's.