Free access to 1911 census

By Daniel Cossins, 6 August 2009 - 12:52pm

Free access to 1911 census

Seven archives and libraries around England and Wales are to offer free online access to the 1911 census, thanks to a project funded by The National Archives.

Having teamed up with Findmypast.com to digitise the entire 1911 census, which proved to be extremely popular after its launch in January this year, TNA has now ensured that people can research their 1911 ancestors for free for a year.

Over the next two months, free access will be rolled out to Birmingham Archives; Devon Record Office (Exeter); The National Library of Wales in Aberyswth; Manchester Archives and Local Studies Library; Greater Manchester County Record Office; Nottinghamshire Archives; and Tyne and Wear Archives. 

TNA is encouraging people to contact the institutions prior to their visit in order to find out exactly when the service will be available.

"The way that our ancestors are neatly packaged together in family groups provides an instant snapshot of the population of the whole of England and Wales on a given date," says David Annal, census specialist at TNA.

Nina Patel

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