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FREE Access to 1911 Census – Limited time only!

Thursday, 16th August, 2012

If you could only search one record collection before becoming an Ancestry.co.uk member, which one would it be? Most of you would choose the 1911 Census which is why they’ve made it completely free for a limited time!

The 1911 Census is the largest and most recent of the available England & Wales census collections and the perfect place to start discovering your family’s past. Like all UK censuses it reveals your relatives’ addresses and occupations, but it also includes extra information like how long couples had been married and how many children they had had.

Plus, each household has its own page in the census, written in your ancestors’ original handwriting. The Ancestry.co.uk team has created a special interactive viewer to bring these records to life like never before.

Most of you will have grandparents or even parents that were alive in 1911, so try searching for them first. Just type in a name, have a guess at where they lived and when they were born, and see what you can discover.

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New transcription of 1901 census

Wednesday, 12th August, 2009

A brand new transcription of the 1901 census, complete with newly scanned high-quality images, is available on findmypast.com. They’ve just added the final 24 counties and other UK territories – which comprise over 5.6 million new records – so you can now search the census in full.

Search the complete 1901 census for England and Wales now

Although the 1901 census has been available for some time, they’re confident our new transcription is the most accurate online and will reveal many individuals whose names have been wrongly transcribed by other websites. And to make sure that they meet their commitment to providing you with the best quality images, all of the documents have been re-scanned.

If you’re unable to find your family on other versions of the 1901 census, then it’s well worth trying on findmypast.com.

The completion of the 1901 census brings findmypast.com a step closer to a full set of 1841-1901 England and Wales censuses. The 1851 census – the only remaining incomplete census – will be available in full within the next few months, and a full set of high-quality 1881 census images will be added to the transcriptions already available.

Free Access to 1911 Census for England & Wales

Friday, 31st July, 2009

Thousands of people across England and Wales will soon get the opportunity to delve into their family history online for free. The National Archives, in collaboration with UK-based family history website findmypast.com, is providing seven archives and libraries around England and Wales with free access to the recently completed online records of the 1911 census.

The census, available at 1911census.co.uk, provides a snapshot of life in the early 20th century, showing the name, age, place of birth, marital status and occupation of every resident in every home, as well as their relationship to the head of the household.

Oliver Morley, Director of Customer and Business Development at The National Archives, said: “The 1911 census has been hugely popular and we are excited to be able to help family historians across the country benefit from this fantastic resource.

“Digitising records allows a far greater audience to access them, and that is especially important with records like the census, which are extremely important for genealogists,’he added.

The seven institutions soon to launch free access to the census records are:

Before planning a trip, visitors are urged to contact the relevant institution to find out the when the service will be available.

The 1911 census is now complete

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2009

The final batch of records has now been added to the 1911 census, and includes the Channel Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark, and the Isle of Man.

They’ve also added records for around 135,000 soldiers based at 288 military establishments overseas, and around 36,000 naval personnel on 147 Royal Navy Ships overseas.

In 1911 the British Empire was nearing its peak and you can find soldiers and sailors located across the globe at remote outposts of the empire, as well as in other countries, such as Egypt, where Britain had a political and military presence but which were never formally part of the empire.

You will be able to search for army personnel who were stationed overseas, plus family members who went with them, as well as soldiers who were absent on the night of the census, and navy personnel who were onboard ship.

http://www.1911census.co.uk

All Welsh counties now available in 1911 census

Friday, 12th June, 2009

All 13 Welsh counties are now available on 1911census.co.uk:

  • Anglesey
  • Brecknockshire
  • Carnarvonshire
  • Cardiganshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Glamorgan
  • Merionethshire
  • Montgomeryshire
  • Monmouthshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Radnorshire

These records contain a total of over 2.4 million individuals, and over a million households.

Search for your Welsh ancestors on the 1911 census now

Two languages

As the 1911 census is the first where household schedules were preserved, you will find that some of the census returns are printed and completed entirely in Welsh, while some are written in a mixture of Welsh and English. To help those who are not native Welsh speakers, there is a site section of useful tips, and translation tables to help you translate the most common Welsh census terms into English.

Common surnames and occupations

The tips will also help you narrow down your search results if you happen to have an ancestor with one of the most frequently occuring names, such as Jones or Evans, or one who worked in one of the dominant industries such as farming or coal mining.

Good luck with your Welsh research.

1911 Census for England now complete

Thursday, 9th April, 2009

The complete counties of Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland, which comprise 443,204 new records, are now live on 1911census.co.uk. In addition, the Gateshead data, which comprises 84,195 new records, has now been added to Durham. This means that the whole of England is now online and searchable.

The Welsh counties will be added soon.

1911 Census UK launches today

Tuesday, 13th January, 2009

For a few days over the Christmas period, FindMyPast.com in association with The National Archives made parts of the UK 1911 census available to its customers on its website www.1911census.co.uk.  This was a teasing introduction to the official launch on 13th January 2009.  

It is exciting for genealogists that this census has been made available earlier than usual but not all of the scanning of the census returns has been completed yet.  They hope it will be by the summer.

It is expected that the website will be very busy at first, and FindMyPast have taken a number of measures to make sure that as many people as possible can get their searches completed successfully including restricting some search functions and only allowing census pages to be downloaded rather than viewed directly on the site.  You will need to purchase credits to view the results of your census searches.

Counties available at launch:

Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutlandshire, Shropshire, Somersetshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire West Riding

Counties not available for launch but coming soon:

England:
Durham
Cumberland 
Northumberland
Westmorland
Yorkshire – East Riding and North Riding

Wales:
Anglesey
Brecknockshire
Carnarvonshire
Cardiganshire
Carmarthenshire
Denbighshire
Flintshire
Glamorgan
Merionethshire
Montgomeryshire
Monmouthshire
Pembrokeshire
Radnorshire

Other:
Isle of Man
Channel Islands
Royal Navy
Overseas Military Establishments

About the 1911 census

The 1911 census for England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April, 1911. The count included all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels, and it also attempted to make an approximate count of the homeless.

What is in the 1911 census?

In common with the censuses that preceded it, it recorded the following information:

  • Where an individual lived
  • Their age at the time of the census
  • Who (what relatives) they were living with
  • Their place of birth
  • Occupation

Also, depending on an individual’s circumstances, additional information could include:

  • Who their guests were on the night of the census
  • The number of servants they had (if any)
  • Whether they were an employee or employer
  • Details of nationality
  • Duration of current marriage

In response to government concerns the 1911 census also asked additional, more specific questions to each household, about fertility in marriage and occupational data.

Prior to 1911, the household schedules were destroyed once the details had been transferred into the enumerators’ summary books. But for the 1911 census both sets of records have been preserved, which means you can see the census documents filled out in your ancestor’s own hand (complete with mistakes and additional comments), in addition to the edited version in the enumerators’ summary.

At launch the household schedules (original household pages), plus their transcriptions are available. The enumerators’ summary books will go online six to eight weeks after launch.

The 1911 census and the suffragettes

Frustrated with the government’s refusal to grant women the vote, a large number of women boycotted the 1911 census by refusing to be counted.

There were two forms of protest. In the first, the women (or their husband) refused to fill in the form, often recording their protest to the enumerator. In the second, women evaded the census by staying away from their home for the whole night.

In both cases, any details relating to individual women in the households will be missing from the census.

For the family historian the active refusal to fill in the form (accompanied by a protest statement) at least registers the presence of a woman/women in the household, whereas the women who evaded the count are simply untraceable via the census.

The exact number of women who boycotted the census is not known, though some people have estimated that it may be as many as several thousand.

Canadian Census index online for free

Saturday, 22nd November, 2008

If you have any Canadian ancestors, then you might interested to know that Ancestry.ca and FamilySearch are teaming up to provide online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses.

As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that Ancestry.ca has acquired. These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to Ancestry.ca members on the company’s website, and in time the indexes will also be available to the public at FamilySearch.org. The images will be free to qualified FamilySearch members and all FamilySearch family history centers.

FamilySearch will deliver images and indexes to Ancestry.ca for censuses from 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1916 Censuses to launch online in 2009. In return, Ancestry.ca will provide images and indexes to FamilySearch for the 1851, 1891, 1901 and 1906 Censuses.

Getting Involved

Interested volunteers can begin helping immediately by registering online at familysearchindexing.org, downloading the free indexing software, and selecting the 1916 Canada Census project. A digital image of a census page will appear. Volunteers simply type in the data highlighted on the computer screen and save it online. It takes about 30 minutes to complete one census page, and volunteers have a week to complete it if need be. Volunteers only need to be able to read, type, and have Internet access to participate.

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