Peter Calver of Lost Cousins the British Based family history website is reporting on comment made by Stephen Penneck, Director General of the Office of National Statistics, in the United Kingdom, that they are looking into alternative ways to meet the needs for key population statistics. One of these likely alternatives may replace the Census.

Although he doesn’t say specifically what would replace the census the message is that there is a strong incentive for organizations to destroy data when it no longer meets their needs. I have no trouble believing that the needs of future historians will not be taken into account. Peter goes on to remind us that the Dark Ages “are so called because f the lack of documentary and archaeological evidence…”

Here’s the link to the Lost Cousins Newsletter to read the article:

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