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article imageConference on the national census

By Alexander Baron     Aug 8, 2011 in World
London - The National Archives at Kew is hosting a one day conference on the census in October; book early to avoid disappointment.
First the bad news, tickets for the conference are £30 each; now the good news, unlike the British Library, the National Archives is open both to the general public and foreigners, so if you want to visit it to do some family or historical research, you can do so for free, but please consult the website to see what identification you will need to take, what is available, opening times, etc. The National Archives – formerly known as the Public Record Office – is located at Kew, not far from the world famous Kew Gardens, some distance from Central London. It does though have a cafeteria/restaurant.
The conference on the census will be held on Saturday, October 1, and is in celebration of the 1911 census; it includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
If you exclude the Domesday Book (which is on display here) the first national census was held in 1801; with the exception of 1941, there has been one every ten years since, right up to this year, although the first one that is generally recognised as being of use to family researchers is the 1841 census. All manner of useful and quaint information can be found in the census; for example, the 1901 census for London includes Lena Ford, American Foreign Resident living on own means.
The American journalist Lena Guilbert Ford is best known as the lyricist of Keep The Home Fires Burning. Although you won’t find this information in the census, she was killed in a Zeppelin raid on her Maida Vale home in March 1918.
The conference speakers include specialist staff from the National Archives; these people are not mere archivists or librarians but extremely erudite scholars in their own right; it is no exaggeration to say they are amongst the leading experts anywhere in the world on not simply the census but a vast array of related subjects.
The census can now be researched on-line – no more fiddling around with microfilms.
Full details of the conference can be found on the relevant webpage.
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