1911 ENG CENSUS NOW AVAILABLE
I'm forwarding this from the Federation of Family History Societies - it seems that the 1911 census for most English counties is now available on a pay-per-view basis. I have not tried it myself yet.
You can find this posting and a copy in PDF Format on the FFHS Website at http://www.ffhs.org.uk/archives/census1911.php
1911 Census goes live
Today the 1911 Census has gone live on the Internet at http://www.1911census.co.uk/. The site is a pay per view site in partnership between FindMyPast and The National Archives. The site will not be part of the FindMyPast system and will not be available for viewing as part of their subscription services, although log-in details and pay per view credits will work on either site.
The census will go live on the FindMyPast subscription site later in 2009.
The Federation of Family History Societies hopes that you will be able to further your research and carry it forward into a key period of the 20th Century, which included the build up to the First World War and Suffrage for Women. There will only be one more census that we can use in the first half of the 20th Century and that is the one for 1921 as the Census for 1931 was burnt during the Second World War and there was no census taken in 1941 due to the war, although a National Register was made for the issue of identity cards.
The release is ahead of the usual release date of the first working day of the year following the 100th anniversary of the taking of the census; for the 1911 this would have been the 3rd of January 2012.
The Information Commissioner has made a RULING .in 2006 about the availability of the 1911 Censes and the early release is explained in this ruling.
The 1911 Census also differs from the previous censuses in that it is the original householders schedules that have survived and not the enumerators books we are used to. As a consequence of this the amount of data is greatly increased and the paper copies are stored on 2 kilometres of shelving, approximately 8 times larger than previous censuses.
This increase has meant that it has taken much longer to prepare them for public access and much credit goes to the teams at the TNA and FindMyPast for getting this done.
From today there will be a staggered release of the information in the 1911 census. This will include images and transcription data, but with sensitive data held back, in line with the Information Commissioner's recent ruling. From 3 January 2012 the public will have full access to the entire 1911 census, including the information not accessible in 2009. Researchers anywhere in the world will be able to search across the fields of the census by name, address or The National Archives catalogue reference, and download high-resolution digital images.
Natalie Ceeney, Chief Executive of The National Archives said:
"The 1911 census holds more information than the 1901 census. It is also the first census where the householder's schedule has remained the master entry, rather than the enumerator's notes, so researchers are actually able, in most cases, to view their actual ancestors' handwriting when looking at 1911 census entries. This will be an invaluable resource for anyone who is working hard to trace their family's history."
Also available are the enumerators summary sheets which give information and statistics on their locality. These will be added to the site when all the household schedules are complete.
The following counties are online now and the others will follow as soon as possible, with Nottinghamshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire going live very soon.
Yorkshire (West Riding)