Saturday, 17 May 2008

FindmyPast provides new transcription of 1901 Census for England and Wales

Findmypast.com has unveiled its brand new version of the 1901 census. Records from the first two counties, Somersetshire and Gloucestershire, are now online, and the remaining counties will be added over the coming months. The company has completely retranscribed the 1901 census from scratch, with a variety of search fields now available, making it possible to search for an individual using, for example, their calculated year of birth, their age, occupation, or address. You can also choose in what order you want to view search results - by birth year, oldest first; by birth year, youngest first; alphabeticaly by name A to Z or alphabetically by name Z to A. In addition, the free search results include the name of the county of residence, helpful if you do not know the name of a registration district. All of these features have also been added to all the other censuses at findmypast. Search criteria are now also retained, making it easier to carry out the same search across all the censuses. It is findmypast's aim to offer a full set of English and Welsh censuses online by the end of 2008.

Findmypast.com was acquired in December 2007 by Scotland Online, the company which won The National Archives' tender to publish online the 1911 census, and the parent company of the ScotlandsPeople website.

For more information, visit www.findmypast.com

Chris

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