Thirty-six million people were recorded in the census taken on the night of Sunday 2 April, 1911. It was the most detailed census since UK records began and the first for which the original census schedules have been preserved, complete with our ancestors’ own handwriting. It was also the first time in a British census that full details of British Army personnel and their families in military establishments overseas were included.
Over 27 million people’s census entries – 80 per cent of the English records – are now online. A further nine million records of people from the remaining counties of England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as the naval and overseas military records, will be made available over the coming months.
With the census team working around the clock to enable the early release of the 1911 census, Oliver Morley, Director of Customer and Business Development at The National Archives, said the digitising of the 1911 census was a ‘major achievement’.