Posted by Web Operations on November 8, 2010 in Content

We’re excited to announce that an agreement has been reached between, Inc., in collaboration with, and The National Archives in the UK to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census.

Ancestry and will work together to transcribe the 1911 Census, creating a searchable database which enables users to type in a name and go directly to the full-colour digital image of the actual census document, handwritten in their ancestor’s home nearly a century ago.

The complete set of 1911 Census records will go live on by county, starting in late 2010 and completing in 2011.

The 1911 England and Wales Census is the largest and most recent census available to the public*. Taken on the night of Sunday 2nd April 1911, the count included all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels, and it also attempted to make an approximate count of the homeless.

A crucial step for many in tracing their ancestry, this vital resource will benefit family historians everywhere and has been one of the most eagerly awaited record sets amongst Ancestry subscribers.

*As a result of the ruling of the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO), the 1911 England and Wales Census has been made available in redacted form ahead of a formal public opening in January 2012.

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