Monday, 12 January 2009

1911 Census for England and Wales released online

For those with Scottish ancestors living in England or Wales in 1911, a new resource is now at hand with the release by Findmypast of that year's census at www.1911census.co.uk .

Unlike previous British censuses, the original household schedule returns for the 1911 census have survived, meaning that the documents viewed on the site are those actually filled in by our ancestors on census night, as opposed to the enumerators' returns available for previous years. The cost to view a scan of the original document is 30 credits, though transcripts can be viewed fro just 10 credits. A 60 credit subscription costs £6.95, making it significantly more expensive to view an original image from 1911 than for previous years, though the images are now in full colour and of an extremely high resolution.

Findmypast.com vouchers will also be valid on 1911census.co.uk. Vouchers can be purchased from The National Archives bookshop and redeemed on findmypast.com. Credits can then be spent on both findmypast.com and 1911census.co.uk.

It should be noted that the full census has not been released, as the digitisation project is still ongoing. Images still to appear on the site are for the following counties (and should be up by the summer) :

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

The Scottish census, covered by separate legislation to the rest of Britain, will not be available until mid 2011 at the earliest.

NB: It should be noted that in order to cope with the expected high demand on the site, certain features have been disabled for the first few days, which will reduce the strain on the site, such as the ability to use wildcard searches. These will be reinstated when demand begins to slow down and it is clear that there is no danger of the site crashing.


Chris

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