Ghana Census, 1984 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1982 to 1984.

The census was recorded in census registers, which include a title page summary and the enumeration pages with detailed information for each address taken. The text of the census is written in English.

The 1984 Ghana census was conducted with 140 local councils as administrative units. The enumeration registers have the imprinted year of 1982; however the census was conducted in March of 1984. The statistics for the census in 1984 recorded a population figure of 12.3 million inhabitants. The greatest concentration of population in 1984 was to the South of the Kwahu Plateau.

The census allows the government to gather statistical information on the growth of the population and many other social factors.

The census is reliable as the person who provided the information. Therefore, it is recommended to use this information as a way to continue research in other vital records such as civil and church records.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Public Records and Archives Administration Department. Ghana Census. Public Records and Archives Administration Department, Accra, Ghana.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Enumeration area and detailed address of house
  • Name of town/village
  • Full name of members present on census night
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender, age, birthplace, and nationality of household members
  • Level of education of each person
  • Occupation of each person
  • Employment status
  • Names of visitors present on census night
  • Names of members absent on census night

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place of birth

Searching the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Region Name" category
⇒Select the "District Name" category
⇒Select the "Name of Town/Village" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Unable to find Information?

If you are unable to find information in civil or church registers, the census is the next good source to find vital and other interesting information.

This census has a treasure of information which could allow a researcher to continue research in other vital sources.

Related Websites

BYU Guidelines For Family Research in Ghana

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Guana Census 1982-1984." index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 24 March 2011), Central > Ekumfi > Adansi, Image 1 of 885, Amba Wir, 1984; citing Guana, Public Records and Archives Administration Department, Census 1982-1984, Image 1-3, Public Records and Archives, Accra, Ghana.