Tuesday, 15 September 2009

1911 English and Welsh census subscription - due October

From FindmyPast, news of the English and Welsh 1911 census to be made available by subscription (not the UK Census as reported in some quarters):

1911 Census subscriptions available in October:

We are delighted to announce that the 1911 census will be available in October as a new subscription package on our sister website findmypast.com. 1911census.co.uk will continue as a PayAsYouGo-only site. findmypast.com is the only site to offer a subscription to the census.

Subscriptions to the 1911 Census on findmypast.com will be available as two packages:

» 12 months ‘1911′ subscription: £59.95 - the equivalent of viewing 15 transcripts and images using PayAsYouGo credits.

» 6 months ‘1911′ subscription: £39.95 - the equivalent of viewing 10 transcripts and images using PayAsYouGo credits.

Money saving tip: if you plan to view fewer than 10 households, it will be cheaper for you to use PayAsYouGo credits rather than buying a subscription.

The 1911 Census has not been included within findmypast.com’s existing Explorer subscription. If you want comprehensive access to findmypast.com’s records, you can buy the Explorer and 1911 Census subscriptions together at a special introductory price, for a limited time. These discounted prices will be available for at least a month after the launch of the subscription:

» 12 months ‘Explorer and 1911′: £119.95 - a saving of 20%

» 6 months ‘Explorer and 1911′: £74.95 - a saving of 20%

Existing findmypast.com subscribers will be able to upgrade to the new combined subscription using their loyalty discount (currently 20%) at any time - if you decide to upgrade, we will automatically refund the remaining days of your current subscription at a daily rate and deduct this from the price of your new upgraded subscription. Existing findmypast.com subscribers will also get exclusive early access to the 1911 Census before it is made available to the general public.

The 1911 Census will be available as a subscription on findmypast.com no later than October 21st - to receive updates on the launch date, make sure you have opted in to receive newsletters from 1911census.co.uk or findmypast.com.

I must admit that this all seems a tad complicated, and I am guessing that many people were hoping it would bcome part of the 'ordinary' Explorer subscription, so it will be interesting to see how this goes down.

The 1911 census for Scotland is to be released in 2011. With brightsolid winning a contract to continue the ScotlandsPeople site for another three years, it seems likely that the company will be handling the 1911 census also, but this has not been confirmed as yet.

The 1911 Irish census, by contrast, is now freely available at www.census.nationalarchives.ie. This covers both Northern Ireland and the Republic, which at the time were members of a single country within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


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