Genealogy news, Family History links for your English Family Tree
Hooray the first batch of the 1911 census is indexed and ready for searching on Ancestry.co.uk. If you have people in Wales, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man then you are all set to go. The rest of us will have to wait a little longer, but it will be worth it.
The census is available on Ancestry, but you have to search page by page …. just like the old days. How quickly we have forgotten how things used to be!!
Ancestry.com have announced that it will be making the US 1940 census free to view until 31 December 2012. The records will be released by the US National Archives on 2 April 2012 and then there will be a wait whilst they are indexed by Ancestry.
This census might be handy to search, when it is finally completed, for those 20th century ancestors who hopped over the water before the Second World War.
Familysearch has said they intend to keep the records free of charge, but it is not clear if they will be offering scans of the census as well as the index.
The National Archives has an excellent podcast about the 1911 census. The talk is by renowned genealogist Dave Annal. The podcast and many more of interest to family historians are available to listen to or to download, all free of charge.
Good news! As of right now, anyone with a full Ancestry.co.uk membership can see every page from the 1911 Census. If you’re an Essentials, Premium or Worldwide member, you can start tracking down your family straight away in scanned record images from all over England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
This is the first stage in our 1911 Census release. We’ve made all the scanned records available straight away, so you can benefit from them wherever your forebears were based.
At present, you can’t search the records like our other censuses. Instead, you need to use other resources, such as the 1911 Summary Books and 1901 Census, to work out where your family were living, then browse the new census records by county and district.
We’ve already started transcribing the records so we can make them fully searchable as quickly as possible. We’ll keep you updated on our progress and give you further release dates are soon as we can.
Until all the indexing is completed we shall just have to search the census like we did in the “old days” ! Actually that is no bad thing as it is amazing how many times you can scoop up other family members living nearby and it also gives you a sense of what the neighbourhood was like. Go and enjoy!!
History, particularly Family History is my passion. I have worked in libraries & archives, I teach family history, conduct workshops and give genealogy presentations. It seemed a shame to have all this knowledge & experience and not share it with others, so this website was born.