Friday, 5 November 2010

Ancestry & to release 1911 English & Welsh census and have jointly announced that they will both release the "the full and complete England and Wales 1911 Census". Here's the blurb:, Inc, parent company of the UK's number one family history website, in collaboration with UK website, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with The National Archives to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census.

The two family history companies will work together to transcribe the 1911 Census, creating a searchable database which enables users to type in a name and go directly to the full colour digital image of the actual census document, handwritten in their ancestor’s home a century ago.

The complete set of 1911 Census records go live on and by county, starting in late 2010 and completing in 2011.

Part of the archival holdings of The National Archives, the 1911 Census is the largest and most recent census available to the public . A crucial genealogical resource, it offers a detailed insight into how people lived in the years leading up the First World War, showing who lived where, with whom, their age at the time of the census, their place of birth and what they did for a living.

Olivier Van Calster, Vice President of Ancestry International, comments: “We are thrilled to acquire the 1911 Census and look forward to the moment members can access these valuable records on our site.

"The addition of this vital genealogical material means we will be able to offer our members the complete set of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses, as well as the only fully searchable England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes and exclusive online access to the World War One British Army Service and Pension records.”

Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of comments: “The 1911 Census is a crucial step for many in finding their roots and we feel this is a vital resource that will benefit family historians everywhere. Our members voted this resource their number one dataset in a recent survey.

“In combination with our unique tools specifically developed to break down brick walls in genealogy, this will be a big step forward in research facilities.

“The 1911 census will be added to our Diamond subscription to accompany our complete set of English & Welsh Census and Birth, Marriage and Death indexes, Official Non-Conformist records, Parish Records, Wills, Roll of Honour and Military records.”

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