Thursday, 18 June 2009

1911 census records for Channel Islands and Isle of Man and military serving overseas now online

The following press release is from Find My Past.


ENTIRE 1911 CENSUS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME
* Records for Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and military
serving overseas now online

Following the initial release of the Southern English records in January
2009, 1911census.co.uk now hosts the complete 1911 census records for
people living in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of
Man. What's more, for the first time in a British census, full details
are available of British Army personnel and their families stationed
overseas. There were 135,866 people serving in the British Army and
36,804 people serving in the Royal Navy across the British Empire in
1911, including 69,785 serving in India.

The 1911census.co.uk website service has been developed by UK-based
family history website findmypast.com, owned by brightsolid, in
association with The National Archives. Completed by 36 million
householders 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
and the online records include images of our ancestors' own handwriting.
For the first time the enumerators' summary books for the whole of
England and Wales have also gone online today, recording details of all
properties in the country in 1911 - a great resource for anyone
interested in local history or house histories. The 1911 census records
have been released three years earlier than the scheduled 2012 date as a
result of public demand for the 1911 census, which will be a key
resource for family historians.*

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager at findmypast.com, says: '"We're
delighted that the final records from the 1911 census have been
published online including the military records and the records for
Wales, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. We hope people of all ages
will gain a huge amount of valuable information about their ancestors by
consulting the records and that they'll discover new chapters of their
family history that they previously knew very little or nothing about."

Oliver Morley, Director of Customer and Business Development at The
National Archives, commented: "It's wonderful to see that so many people
are discovering a new passion for family history through the 1911
census. Bringing this project to completion has been one of the most
exciting events for us this year, and to know that so many people have
been able to access part of their personal history online shows how
valuable it can be to make these records available via the web."

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