Ghana Census, 1984 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

The census collection of Ghana covers the year 1984.

Record Description

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.  

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in this census records are:

  • Detailed address of house
  • Name of town
  • Full names of usual members present at the house on census night
  • Gender, age, birthplace, nationality, education, and occupation of each person listed
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Names of visitors present on census night, their gender, the relationship to the head of household, and their usual residence
  • Names of usual members absent on census night, their gender, age, relationship to head of household, address on census night, and for how long absent

How to Use the Records

If 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.

Record History

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.

Why the Record Was Created

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

Record Reliability

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.  

Related Websites

BYU Guidelines For Family Research in Ghana

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Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection

"Guana Census, 1982-1984." index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed March 24, 2011). entry for Malam Haluna, age 7; Western, Bibiani, Bethleham, Image 1-3; Public Records and Archives-accra, Ghana.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Ghana, Census 1982-1984", images, FamilySearch (, 2009; from Public Records and Archives-Accra, Ghana. "Ghana census, 1982-1984"; Public Records and Archives Administration Department, Accra, Ghana. FHL digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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