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Searching the 1911 census

The personal details that can be searched on are:

  • First names
  • Last name
  • Year of birth, can also specify a range up to 2 years either side
  • Year of marriage
  • Relationship to head of household (e.g. Head, Wife, Son, Daughter, Servant)
  • Occupation
  • Civil Parish
  • Keywords
  • Place of birth
  • Census County
  • Census District
  • Residential Place
  • Name of other members of the same household
  • Specific Census file reference

For each match, the following personal details are displayed (no charge to see this):

  • Premise type - e.g. "HOUSEHOLD" or "INSTITUTION"
  • Last names and First names
  • Sex
  • Year of Birth and Age at date of 1911 census
  • Census District and Census County
  • Link to view transcription
  • Link to view original schedule

If you pay to view the transcript, you see the following information for every household member (plus the address):

  • Name
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Marital status
  • Years married
  • Sex
  • Age in 1911
  • Occupation
  • Where born

Accessing the 1911 Census

Go directly to the official online 1911 census site.

The 1911 census site is now officially launched and now covers all English and Welsh counties, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands - for more details see below.

Starting in the middle of 2007, Findmypast scanned and indexed the 1911 census for England and Wales (including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). After three months of testing and trialling their website to various groups of people, the site was officially launched on 13th January 2009.

The site allows a free person search and returns of matching entries - see the side panel for details. Assuming you've found the person you are after you can then choose to view either the transcription for the entire household or view the scan of the original schedule completed by the head of the household. There is a charge for this, pay per view, of 5 credits to view the transcription and 5 to view the original schedule. Credits cost between just under 9p and 12p depending on how many are bought at a time which means viewing a transcript or the schedule will cost roughly 45p to 60p. Not all information is included in the transcript. For example the information against married women of the number of children in the current marriage can only be seen if you view the original schedule.

Free access to the 1911 Census

You can access the 1911 census, including viewing the transcripts and schedules, for free at the National Archives in Kew. There is more information here in a leaflet published on Census Returns on the National Archives website.

In addition many public libraries offer free access to the census via Findmypast or Ancestry using computers within the library.

Taking out a Subscription to the 1911 Census with Findmypast

The Findmypast "Britain" subscription package incudes the 1911 Census and costs £99.50 for an annual subscription, 12 months, or £9.95 for one month.

This includes access to all their Census records (including the 1911 census) and also their BMD (Births, Marriages and Deaths) records, their Parish Records, their Migration Records, their Military Records and their Specialist Records.

There are more details on the official online 1911 census site.

Buying Pay per View credits for the 1911 Census with Findmypast

Initially, transcriptions and schedules could only be viewed using "PayAsYouGo" credits. You can get to the website and buy credits via this link.

You can use your Findmypast username and password and use any Findmypast credits across both sites, the existing site and the new 1911 census site.

Taking out a Subscription to the 1911 Census with Genes Reunited

Genes Reunited (who are owned by the same company, Bright Solid, that owns Findmypast) also offer subscription access to the 1911 census for England & Wales. The Genes Reunited Platinum Package costs £79.95 for an annual, 12 month, subscription, or £19.95 for one month. This package also includes the other England and Wales census records and BMD records.

There are more details on the Genes Reunited web site.


The personal details that can be searched on cover more information than is displayed in the results. This enables some more information to be gleaned without having to pay by refining the search, for example to discover if someone was head of the household or to find other household members with the same surname (to do this you need to choose the "Advanced Search" option on the Findmypast site).

To explain, the search for Winston Churchill gives nineteen entries one of which is the one you're interested in (Winston Spencer born about 1875), then if you then repeat the search but also specify "Relationship to Head of Household" as "Head" then if the same entry appears this time, you know that he was Head of the Household - if he does not appear that it must be something else (by the way, he was).

Coverage of the online 1911 Census

Findmypast scanned and indexed the 1911 census across England and Wales in the order of the National Archives catalogue number, basically starting in London, moving outwards and upwards through the English counties, then the Welsh counties, and finally the islands and military establishments.

This is now complete; the counties covered are the English counties, that is Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutlandshire, Shropshire, Somersetshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Westmorland, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire East Riding, Yorkshire North Riding and Yorkshire West Riding and the Welsh counties, that is Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Carnarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire, and lastly the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Royal Navy and Overseas Military Establishments.

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