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Release of the 1921 England & Wales Census

Updated: Mar 18

The 1921 Census for England & Wales is set to be released on Findmypast on the 6th January 2022 & it feels like a long wait given that the 1911 Census for England & Wales was released early in 2009. The early release of the 1911 Census came about when Genealogist Guy Etchells challenged the National Archives for its early release in 2006. A similar appeal lead to the 1939 Register also being issued early.


Taken on the evening of the 19-20th June, the 1921 Census is pretty important for a number of reasons:-

· it contains information not previously documented in previous Census Returns such as the name & address of employers.

· it allowed someones marital status to be recorded as ‘Divorced’

· it will be the last Census released for sometime as the 1931 Census was destroyed by fire in 1942 & there was no 1941 Census taken due to World War 2. Although the 1939 Register which has previously been released does provide details of where individuals were living in September of that year.


Taking the Census - Public Domain - Wikicommons

Findmypast were awarded the contract to publish the Census in 2019 & through a partnership with the National Archives in Kew have worked to digitise, transcribe & index the names from over 30,000 volumes. A process that saw a delay of about 3 months due to the Coronavirus Pandemic lockdown.


During this process any damage to the volumes or their pages were able to be repaired by conservators to ensure that the books & the stories within them are preserved for the future.

The Census will be released on the 6th January 2022 on Findmypast & will be available on a pay-per-view basis.


The costs being as follows:-

· £2.50 for a Transcribed Entry

· £3.50 to view the original Census page

· If you already have a ‘Pro’ Subscription with Findmypast then a 10% discount will be applied to the above costs


England & Wales - Public domain - Wikicommons

Understandably these costs have met with some criticism by current subscribers. However, it is worth mentioning that this has been a massive project for the company which has seen them work with a number of other companies worldwide to complete the project. Similar costs were rolled out when the 1939 Register was first released, this was later dropped so that subscribers could view entries for free. Therefore, it is possible that eventually they will do the same with this collection.


Search the 1921 England & Wales Census via this link now!


The current news in relation to the 1921 Census for Scotland is that is it is due for release late in 2022, I will update you when more information is released.


 

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