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Friday, June 12, 2009

1911 census in United Kingdom

Thanks to Kimberly Powell's blog for this information about 1911 Census
2.4 million people in Wales were recorded in the census taken on the night of April 2, 1911. Today the records of those people living in Wales in 1911 are being made available online for the first time at http://www.1911census.co.uk/, where they join the 1911 census records from England first released in January 2009.
The 1911 census 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. Completed by all householders in Wales and England on Sunday, 2 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. Because these records were released in advance of the scheduled 2012 date, certain sensitive information relating to infirmity (e.g. 'deaf', 'dumb', 'blind', 'lunatic' etc.) and to children of women prisoners is not yet available.
Search results offer access to both transcribed text versions, and high quality color images of the original handwritten census returns. This is a subscription-based site; searches are free, but you pay as you go to view each record - 10 credits per transcript and 30 credits for each original household page. Visitors to the website can buy 60 credits for £6.95. Findmypast.com vouchers are also valid on 1911census.co.uk.
An additional five counties have been added to the National Archives of Ireland's Census of Ireland 1911 Web site. Census returns for Cork, Donegal, Galway, King's County (Offaly) and Wexford join those from Antrim, Down, Dublin and Kerry that were released last year. Best of all, these census records, including the searchable index and digitized images, are free!
The 1911 and 1901 Ireland censuses are the only surviving censuses that cover the entire island of Ireland open to the public. They are also unusual because the original household manuscripts, filled out and signed by the head of each household on census day, survive. The surviving census returns of most other countries only include enumerator books, with family details transcribed by the census taker from the householder returns (introducing the opportunity for additional errors).
The latest news from the National Archives of Ireland indicates that they hope to add the following additional counties by mid-July: Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo and Waterford. Hopefully, followed in mid-August, by Londonderry (Derry), Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Queen’s County (Laois), Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Westmeath and Wicklow.
In September, the site will be revised to include full transcription of all of the data on the household forms for 1911, including religion, occupation, relationship to head of family, literacy status, marital status, county or country of origin, Irish language proficiency, specified illnesses, and child survival information.
The National Archives of Ireland also hopes to launch the 1901 Ireland census, with all data transcribed, late in 2009.

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