Complete 1911 Census now available online!

1911 Census records for England & Wales are now online, search full transcripts and view high resolution images at:

TheGenealogist.co.uk

Trace your Ancestors with the 1911 Census

1911 Census Introduction

The 1911 census was taken on the 2nd April and contains millions more records than the previous 1901 census. This is the first available census to be filled in by your ancestors, enabling you to view your ancestors handwriting.

The 1911 is thought to be one of the most important record sets as it will show family records in detail before the WW1. It will give details of where your ancestors lived, who with, age, place of birth and occupation as you would expect.

Additional pieces of information included for the first time are nationality, duration of current marriage, number of children born within that marriage,  number of living children and the number of any children who had died. Extra occupation information may show details of the industry in which they worked.

Buckinghamshire 1911 Census Page

A page from the Buckinghamshire 1911 Census (from TheGenealogist.co.uk)- as you can see, the 'Infirmity' column has been removed to protect privacy.

1911 Census Facts

  • The 1911 Census is the first census where the original forms were kept.
  • The handwriting on the original image is that of your ancestor.
  • This is the first census to record full details of British Army personnel stationed overseas.
  • This census asks women how long they had been married and how many children they had (including how many that had died).

Where can I search the 1911 Census?

The 1911 census is being added to TheGenealogist.co.uk. Currently they have full transcripts and census images for Buckinghamshire and London, with the rest of England and Wales to follow shortly.

Census News & Information

Women allowed to enter the Medical Profession from 1876
In the 19th Century, a career as a physician was a highly respected following for a man. Yet it was considered outrageous for any woman to pursue a career in that profession.

 

Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.

 

Anatomy of the Census Page
Not every piece of information is obvious to the casual observer, so to make sure that you extract every useful piece of information from the census page.

 

Case Study - Sir Frank Whittle
Sir Frank Whittle (1907 - 1996) was a Royal Air Force officer who invented the Jet engine. This is how his birth record was found.