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Census records

Research use: Information can be used to compile family groups. Identifies parents, children and spouses and dates and places of vital events. Other relatives are often listed nearby.

Record type: Enumeration of population.

Time period: 1853-present. The first British colonial census was a partial listing done in 1853. After 1871 censuses were taken every ten years until 1941. Censuses since independence have been taken in 1973 and 1983.

Contents: The 1871 and later censuses identify each person by name, sex and age. The 1881 and later censuses additionally identify the birthplace of each individual, and show relationships to the head of the household.

Location: National Archives, municipal archives, British Library in London.

Population coverage: Before 1881, 20%; after 1881, 60%.

Reliability: Excellent.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Myanmar,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2001.