1911 Census Records Now Online

Posted on: 16 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

The new online access to the records of 36 million people in 1911 will prove to be a valuable new family history resource.

Thirty-six million people were recorded in the census taken on the night of Sunday, 2nd April, 1911. Today, after nearly 100 years, these census records are available to the public.

The census covered England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as recording those aboard Royal Naval and Merchant vessels at sea and in foreign ports and, for the first time in a British census, full details of British Army personnel and their families in military establishments overseas.

1911 Census PageIt is the most detailed census since UK records began and the first for which the original census schedules have been preserved – complete with our ancestors’ own handwriting – providing a fascinating insight into British society nearly a century ago.

The 1921 census results will be the last to go online for a generation, and they will not be opened early – the 1911 ones somehow slipped through legislation that allowed no breaching of the 100-year embargo. The 1931 records were destroyed in a fire and there was no census in 1941 because of the Second World War.

Handwritten Records

Completed by all householders on Sunday, 2nd April 1911, the census records show 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.

‘Fertility Census’

A Family in 1911The 1911 census was the first to ask questions relating to fertility in marriage.  Married women were asked to state how long they had been married and how many children had been born from that marriage. 

The census also provides a fascinating snapshot of the population of the country just a few years before a whole generation of young men perished in the Great War of 1914-1918.

How To Use The Records

  • Log on to www.1911census.co.uk and register for free.
  • Search for an ancestor in 1911 by entering their name .
  • If the name is common you can enter their approximate year of birth, which will help to narrow down the results.
  • Search for an address to look up the history of your house or an ancestor’s address in 1911 - this function will be available in summer 2009.
  • Pay as you go to view each record. You will be charged 10 credits per transcript and 30 credits for each original household page. Visitors to the website can buy 60 credits for £6.95. 

Web Links

The 1911 Census Records - www.1911census.co.uk

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