The Fairy Census is an attempt to gather, scientifically, the details of as many fairy sightings from the last century as possible and to measure, in an associated survey, contemporary attitudes to fairies. The census was inspired by an earlier fairy census carried out by Marjorie Johnson and Alasdair Alpin MacGregor in 1955/1956, a census that was published in 2014.
There are two (anonymous) census forms: one for witness accounts and one for second-hand accounts (experiences of grandma, uncle, friend etc). Confidentiality is assured and, in the case of publication, personal details will be changed to assure anonymity. Note, however, that by filling out these forms you approve their use in an academic survey.
There is also a general survey on individual beliefs about fairies, using an innovative visualisation technique. Here no experience or witness account is necessary: anyone can fill out the survey who understands the word ‘fairy’. Adults are welcome to lead children through the questions, even children as young as three or four.
3) If you want to do the survey on fairy belief more generally click here.
In circumstances where filling out the census online is difficult or impossible we can send a printed version of (1) or (2) through the post: send a request to fairyinvestigationsociety AT gmail DOT com or by post to Via Piana 54, Santa Brigida, Pontassieve 50065, Italy. The Fairy Census is affiliated with the Fairy Investigation Society, an organisation dedicated to the study of fairy folklore: for membership inquiries use the same email or postal address.
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