During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following are questions asked and The Genealogy Center staff's responses.

When will future census records be available? Canada's 1921, UK/England's 1921 and Ireland's 1926.

The US Federal census for 1940 will be released 2 April 2012. According to the Library and Archives of Canada's web site “… legislation does not permit the disclosure of personal information until 92 years has passed since the time of enumeration.” The website for the UK’s National Archives (KEW) indicates that the 1921 census will not be available until 100 years after the date taken. According to the National Archives of Ireland web site, the 1926 Census will be released in January 2027.

An ancestor traveled around in the early 20th Century, but I cannot locate them on the 1930 census. Could they have taken the name of the household, instead of keeping their own surname?

They would not have taken another family’s name just because they were boarders. However, it is possible that the person who provided the information to the enumerator may not have been clear (or may not have known) on the names of traveling men hence the family surname may have been listed in error. It is also possible that the men were not included in the census at all as some people were inevitably missed.

Are children’s homes included in census and do they list all children? How are single women or women living in group homes (like the YWCA) listed?

Children’s homes, and other institutions, are included on the census, although sometimes the institution is listed at the end of the enumeration district, or in an entirely different one. Search by child’s name. All children should be listed, although the names are not always spelled as we think they should be. All single people should also be listed, but remember that people could be missed by the enumerator, or, again, the names may be spelled incorrectly.