Latest news - we permanently reduce the price of the 1911 census

18/10/2012

We permanently reduce the price of the 1911 census


We always try to give you the best possible value for money, so we've permanently reduced the price of the 1911 census.

From now on, you can view a 1911 census original image for 5 credits (previously 30) and a transcript for 5 credits (previously 10).

There's never been a better time to search the 1911 census!

Search the 1911 census now


06/01/2012

View previously hidden details of your family's health in 1911


We’ve just published the ‘infirmity’ column of the 1911 census on 1911census.co.uk. If your ancestors completed this part of their census return, you’ll be able to see fresh information about your family’s illnesses and conditions in 1911.

Under data protection regulations, this potentially sensitive information had to remain hidden until now – we’ve just made it available for the first time.

It’s possible to discover really detailed information about your family’s health. We found a census return showing Elizabeth Eleanor Thorp from Yorkshire who is recorded as having 'one eye removed in 1907 for disease (gout)'.

Other examples we’ve found in the infirmity column show that our ancestors weren’t afraid to reveal their quirks and eccentricities: ‘A taste for drink combined with gout’, ’stron and hearty would like to be married’ and ’sound as a bell thank god’.

We have also just revealed any recorded details of children born to women in prison who were aged three or under at the time of the census.

Until 31 January 2012, we’re offering you the chance to view the 1911 census at hugely reduced prices. View a 1911 census original image for 10 credits (previously 30) and a transcript for 5 credits (previously 10).

Any 1911 census images and transcriptions you viewed on 1911census.co.uk will be free to view again. Make sure you take advantage of our reduced prices until 31 January 2012 – why wait?

Search the 1911 census now


18/06/2009

The 1911 census is complete


The 1911 census is complete – all remaining records have been added, and so have the RG78 enumerator’s summary book pages. Records for the Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Isel of Man, Jersey and Sark, troops stationed in overseas military bases, and crew serving on Royal Navy ships are now ready for you to search.

Find Britain’s soldiers and sailors all over the globe


In 1911 the British Empire was nearing the peak of its powers. The empire, which was the largest in history, spanned much of the globe, and the overseas military records from the 1911 census – which include both military establishments and Royal Navy ships overseas – reflect this. Soldiers can be found in such disparate locations as Cyprus, Hong Kong, Malta, India and South Africa, as well as in other places not within the empire, such as Alexandria in Egypt and Tientsin in China.

View the enumerator’s summary-book pages at no extra cost


The pages from the enumerator’s summary books, which are now available for the entire census, can add depth to your 1911 census research. The summary books are a combination of descriptive and statistical information from the district. The information to be found in the List and the District description are probably of most interest to the family historian and can give you an overall picture of your ancestor’s neighbourhood and its character.

The Enumerator’s summary pages are included in the cost of viewing an image. If you’ve already viewed 1911 census images, you can now view the corresponding summary-book pages at no extra cost.


9/06/2009

All Welsh counties now complete


This morning we added all 13 of the Welsh counties – more than 2.4 million records in total – which means that every record for England and Wales is now ready for you to search.

We have provided some useful tips to help you search for your Welsh ancestors. Some of the census forms were completed in Welsh, and our tips will help you find household schedules in both English and Welsh, without the need for knowledge of the Welsh language. We have also provided translation tables to help you translate the most common Welsh census terms into English.

The tips will also help you narrow down your search results if you happen to have an ancestor with one of the most common names, such as Jones or Evans, or one who worked in one of the large industries such as farming or coalmining.

Best of luck with your searching.


8/04/2009

All English counties now complete


Overnight, we have uploaded records for the remaining English Counties (Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland) and added the missing Gateshead district records into the county of Durham (they were incorrectly listed as part of Northumberland - this is now fixed and they are searchable under Durham, as they should be).

Therefore all English counties are now complete.

Scanning of Welsh records is well underway and we are working on the transcriptions of the first batch of Welsh counties, which will be the next data release. Although we do not have a precise release date for them yet, we anticipate that we will have some data from Wales available in the next four to six weeks.


17/03/2009

New counties added: Yorkshire North & East ridings, Durham


We have added another three counties, the keenly-awaited Yorkshire North & East ridings and Durham. All three counties are searchable as of now.

The next data release will be the final three English counties: Cumberland, Northumberland, Westmorland. We estimate these are approximately a month away.

Enjoy - let us know what you find.


4/02/2009

New search features released


We have released a number of new search features this morning - we hope you find them useful.

1. 'Last Name' is no longer a compulsory field - you can search using 'First Name' or 'Census reference' instead.
2. Up to 5,000 search results can now be viewed.
3. Searches with up to 1,000 results are now displayed automatically, without the 'gateway' screen being shown first.
4. You can choose to enter a Census reference number instead of an address in Place Search (see the help file next to this field for further details).


30/01/2009

New search features - leading wildcard, increased year range


We have turned on some more search features for you. Firstly, you can now use a ‘leading wildcard’ (i.e include a wildcard as the first letter of the name). This is helpful as the initial character of names is more liable to be mistranscribed.

Secondly, we have increased the range of dates that you can search: you can now search +/- 5 years on Date of Marriage and +/- 10 years on Date of Birth.

More goodies coming next week - keep your eyes peeled.


27/01/2009

Name variants switched on


We are happy to tell you that we have now applied changes to the data on 1911 Census to allow you to search for variants for both first names and last names.

The variants search is essentially a large thesaurus that identifies common variants, mis-spellings and alternative spellings for many of the names within the census. This should be of great help in tracking down elusive ancestors that you have so far not been able to identify.

Click on the 'Show advanced fields' button to make use of this search feature.

Coming next: allow a wildcard as the first character, increase range of years available (currently set at a maximum of +/- 2 years).

Enjoy!


19/01/2009

Search with ‘wildcard’ and ‘name starting with’ features


We are now beginning to unlock the advanced search options, and you can now search using wildcards, or using the ‘name starting with’ feature. To use these options, go to the Search page and click on the ‘Show advanced fields’ button at the bottom of the search form.

Both these features will give you a lot more flexibility with your searching. Read the search features and tips for more information on using the advanced search options, or click on the ‘?’ icon next to the wildcard search option on the search form for more help.


19/01/2009

In-page viewer now active


We are now beginning to unlock some of the functionality on the site that was restricted at launch, and you are now no longer required to download an image to your computer to view it.

The image is now automatically displayed within the page and you can use our image viewer to zoom in, rotate or generally examine the image as you wish. The option to download it for your records remains and all images viewed are stored in “my records”.

Please note: you need to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer ; if you do not have it already (most PCs do), your computer should prompt you to download it when you try to view an image.

If you prefer to have the download link available as a default instead of the image viewer, you can change back to this option by visiting “my account” and making changes there.


Search facilities available at launch


To prevent the site become overloaded in the initial period after launch, some of the functionality features will be modified. After the launch period extra features will be available.

To ensure that as many people as possible can search quickly, the advanced search options such as the wildcard searching and variants option will be turned off - these functions place the greatest load on the server.

Other restrictions include the number of results displayed, which will be limited to 500 names per search. In order to conduct a search it will be necessary to enter either a surname or street name. You will be able to enter information in other fields to help narrow your search, but these details cannot be used on their own to carry out a search. The margin of error for the date of birth will be restricted to +/- 2 years only.

To allow a large number of people to view images quickly, you will only be able to view them through the default direct-download viewer. After the initial demand subsides an in-page viewer will become the default viewer, which will allow you to view images without downloading them first.


Counties available at launch


Please note: records for naval and military establishments based in the UK are included in the counties in which they are based. British ships docked in port will also be found in the relevant county. British Naval ships and military bases overseas are listed separately.

Two volumes from the West Riding of Yorkshire are currently in conservation, in preparation for scanning, and are not yet online. These volumes relate to parts of the Knaresborough and Doncaster areas.

If you are registered on the site, you will receive an update as soon as more records become available. Alternatively, visit our blog at http://blog.1911census.co.uk/ (new window)

The following counties are available:


Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Cornwall
Derbyshire
Devonshire
Dorsetshire
Essex
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
London
Middlesex
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutlandshire
Shropshire
Somersetshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire, West Riding

The following counties and establishments are currently not available:


Wales:

Anglesey
Brecknockshire
Carnarvonshire
Cardiganshire
Carmarthenshire
Denbighshire
Flintshire
Glamorganshire
Merionethshire
Montgomeryshire
Monmouthshire
Pembrokeshire
Radnorshire

England:

Durham
Cumberland
Northumberland
Westmorland
Yorkshire, East Riding and North Riding


Other:

Isle of Man
Channel Islands
Royal Navy (ships at sea at time of census)
Military Establishments (overseas)


Beta site closing - 30 December 2008 (last day)


We are now reaching the end of the beta period for the 1911census.co.uk site. Tomorrow will be the last day that the site will be available for use. Unfortunately no more counties will be added at this point so we hope that you have enjoyed using what has been available over Christmas.

The full site launch in 2009 will include many more additional counties. Thankyou for the huge volume of feedback you have given us and for your many comments - we will be analysing all of these in depth.

Our best wishes for a happy 2009 and continued success in researching your family history.

The 1911census.co.uk team


Counties now available on beta


The following counties are available today:

London
Middlesex
Staffordshire
Wiltshire
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cornwall
Devonshire
Dorsetshire
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Oxfordshire
Rutlandshire
Shropshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Worcestershire