United Kingdom's 2021 Census

The next USA Federal Census will be Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The year after that will be the United Kingdom’s official census to be done Sunday, April 18, 2021. Their every ten-year census have been on 1881, 1891, 1901, 1921, 1931, etc.

For the U.K. there will be 8 new questions. There will be questions relating to renewable energy sources, smoking, volunteering, childcare, commuting home from work, school or college, internet access and devices, smoke alarms and working from home. There will be 25 questions which have been on precious censuses but several have been updated.

The really big addition will be this census will also include a new voluntary “time capsule“, a feature that will enable people to write a confidential message of their choice that will be stored securely for 100 years.

Never has there been census data collected anywhere which is a form of speaking into the future. This 2021 census of the U.K. will provide the opportunity (only if a person wants to) adding some handwritten content by the household to the back of the Census form that will be stored for 100 years in a confidential, secure warehouse.

Imagine the census forms are kept for 100 years and are then published. So in 100 years time (year 2121), future genealogists will be able to analyze what messages people wrote.

Also, it is figured about 75% of all census forms in the U.K. will be completed online.

Photo: A 2016 UK practice census form.

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