1911 Census release on Ancestry

Picture1Hooray 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!!


1940 US Census

clip_image002Ancestry.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.


1911 Census online at Ancestry.co.uk

Announcement from Ancestry.co.uk
1911 Census – the first stage

clip_image002[5]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!!


Scotland 1911 Census

I expect you all know by know that the 1911 census for Scotland was clip_image002released on 5 April. It can be accessed via the Scotland’s People website. It is pay to view on a purchased credits basis and that isn’t cheap if you have a lot of people to find. I prefer site where you can buy a yearly subscription and you can search during that time to your heart’s content.


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Free UK Census

clip_image002I got this Press Release from Ancestry.co.uk. For just one day you will be able to access the Ancestry Census free of charge, so for those who don’t have a subscription this has to be a good offer at the right price Winking smile


27th March will be a historic day, as people all over Britain come together to complete the 2011 National Census. As we fill in details of our homes, occupations and relationships, it?s fascinating to look back at our ancestors who have done exactly the same thing every ten years for more than a century.
On Census Day, you can uncover generations of your family, and read key details of their lives, with FREE access to
historical censuses at Ancestry.co.uk. Access all UK census record indexes from England, Wales and Scotland, for free for one day, so you can uncover the part your ancestors played in history. Find out more
Key new questions in this year’s Census cover how long migrants intend to stay in the country, whether residents can speak English, and same-sex civil partnerships. This shows how the questionnaire reflects important issues and attitudes of the time it’s taken.
In 1891 and 1901, the focus was very much on employment, with the effects of the Industrial Revolution hitting home around the country. Everyone was specifically asked if they were employed, and whether they worked at home.
Before that, the 1871 Census reveals concerns about the health of the nation. This is the first record to show any serious medical conditions our forebears were suffering from.
The very notion of a national census has its roots in politics and current affairs. In the early 19th century, the British Government was keen to find new ways to monitor its growing population. Alongside the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, the census was one of its most important solutions.
The census records at Ancestry.co.uk provide snapshots of the entire country at these key points in time, and let you uncover the role your family played in shaping our nation’s history.


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