The 2011 Census has launched a new family history page of the 2011 Census website www.census.gov.uk/2011familyhistory along with a Facebook page where amateur genealogists can share their helpful tips for searching census records and discuss their findings.
The idea is to provide members of the public who are keen to delve into their family's past with easy how-to guides, hints and tips, and give those who are already up to their eyes in second cousins, twice removed, the opportunity to share their experiences with others.
Anyone wishing to offer their census story for consideration can do so via firstname.lastname@example.org or post their story on 2011 Census Family History on Facebook. The 2011 Census team is also looking for interesting census- related stories to feature in local newspapers, radio and websites. These too can be sent using the family history email address.
The 2011 Census will take place on 27 March 2011 when everyone in England and Wales will be asked to complete and return a census questionnaire. For the first time the questionnaire can be completed online using a unique access code.
The completed paper questionnaires will be scanned and the data digitised, but a 'photo' of the handwritten questionnaire will be kept confidential until released after 100 years.
Censuses will also take place on the same day in Northern Ireland and Scotland.