It’s census time again, and again we are being asked if we want to save our answers for 99 years and then make them public.
I am saying YES.
We rely so much on the information from censuses in the United Kingdom and other countries to discover the basic structure of our ancestors’ families and we are disappointed to find that the same information is not available here.
Our descendants and other researchers will thanks us, and we won’t be around to be embarrassed.
Everyone included in the Census form has the option for their name–identified information to be retained and kept confidential for 99 years, and then released in 2110 for research purposes. For more information on this question see http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/2011%20Census%20-%20Census%20Help%20-%20Time%20Capsule