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'Taken for a tax collector'
The Census is a count of all the people in the United Kingdom on one particular day and is normally taken every ten years. It provides wonderful information of what life was like on the day that the information was collected. As a result, Census information is brilliant for helping us to explore the past. The first modern Census was taken in 1801 and there has been one every ten years since, apart from 1941 when British involvement in the Second World War stopped it taking place.    
Between 1801 and 1831 the Census contains only general information relating to the population but from 1841 more details started to be kept. After this date, information on each person living in a household was recorded. Since each household in the country was asked the same questions, it allows comparisons between different areas to be made. This means that the Census is a very useful source of information for historians.
'Taking the Census: experiences of an enumerator.'
'At a coomon-lodgings house: Confronted by the deputy'
Since Census information has started to be collected, not everyone has been happy about providing his or her details. Census enumerators often had difficulties in collecting the forms and, as late as the 1950s, it was believed that some people were giving wrong information on the forms. To encourage people to provide the correct details, the government has given assurances at the time of each Census that information will be kept confidential. Since 1966, the Government has had a clear policy that Census records are closed for 100 years. This means that the only Census returns that can be seen at the moment are those for 1841 to 1901.    
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