Muriel Ogilvie GeorgeThe 1911 census was taken on Sunday 2nd April and includes much more information than earlier censuses.  It was the first UK census where the original household schedules are accessible rather than the enumerators record.  This means you can see your ancestor’s handwriting.

New questions introduced are also invaluable to a family history researcher.  The forms tell us how long a couple have been married, how many children they had and how many of those children were still alive at the time of the census.  It also includes information about the industry or service in which a person worked and the nationality of any foreign residents.

One of the nicest things about the 1911 census is that it allows us to find ‘forgotten’ children.  Until then it was only possible to find children recorded in a census so if a child was born in 1893 and died in 1896 it is almost impossible to know they existed.  The 1911 census tells us how many children had been born to a couple and therefore allows us to search for any we might not have come across before.

The other benefit of the new questions is that it is possible to narrow the marriage year of a couple down to a two year period and therefore makes it much easier to find the correct marriage index entry.

The census form also tells us how many rooms a family were living in which gives us a good idea of their social status and the conditions in which they probably lived.

The 1911 census is the most recent available to us and we will have to wait another six years for the 1921 census.  The 1931 census was destroyed in the Blitz and no census was taken in 1941 so it will be a further 30 years until the release of the 1951 census.  That’s a bit of a daunting wait!

For more information about how we can help you find your ancestors in the 1911 census please do not hestiate to contact us.

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