27 October 2011

Ancestry play catch-up on 1911 UK census

If you have Wales, Isle of Man or Channel Islands relatives Ancestry's 1911 additions to their census collection will likely be of interest.

Ancestry have had census summary books for 1911 in their collection since December 2010, useful as they list the head of household at each address and allow you to see the address in context.  You can find out who lived in the adjacent houses and their occupations; whether your ancestor was proprietor of a business but didn't live at the business address. Although they do only include the head of household name they act as a finding aid to the individual household census image browse files which Ancestry added in June.

Now Ancestry have indexed the same 1911 census for Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The indexing is virtually a complete transcription: name; age; estimated birth year; relation to head of household; gender; birth place; civil parish, county, country, street address (of residence); marital status; years married; occupation; and registration information.

As yet the 1911 census for England is only available as a browse file - no name index yet. I doubt it will be long in coming.

In the meantime, the fully indexed 1911 census for England is at Findmypast.co.uk/.

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