Monday, November 26, 2007

What will your descendants find out about you?

Did you fill in Question 60 on Census night? Over 11 million people did in 2006. Question 60 gave people the option to have their name and address and other information on their Census form kept by the National Archives.

These forms are now stored in the National Archives vaults as microfilm, under highly secure conditions. After 99 years, social analysts, genealogists, historians and other members of the public will be able to access the data. Those who chose not to participate have their name and address destroyed once statistical processing is completed. Read more in the Census Time Capsule Factsheet and Retention facts and figures.

Pictures courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

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