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

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).