2.4 million people in Wales were recorded in the census taken on the night of April 2, 1911. The records of those people living in all 13 of the Welsh counties in 1911 are now available online at www.1911census.co.uk, where they join the 1911 census records from England first released in January 2009.
Mark Pearsall is a family history specialist at The National Archives. In this podcast from the National Archives he provides an introduction to the newly released 1911 census and tells us how invaluable it will be for family historians.
Family Histor web site Ancsetry has launched online for the first time the 1891 Census of Canada, which contains 4.5 million searchable names and 90,000 images of original census pages. Included is information from all then-existing Canadian provinces and territories.
In this podcast from the National Archives, David Annal takes a practical approach to overcoming the most common problems faced by family historians when using the 19th century census returns. It may sometimes seem that your ancestors are missing from the returns – this talk aims to convince you that, if your ancestors were living in England or Wales at the time of the census, they were almost certainly recorded and you should be able to find them. The odds are firmly stacked in your favour.
Nowadays, a census is part of the standard equipment of a functioning state but this has not always been the case. Numbers mean power, which is why counting people is so controversial and history offers good reason for worrying about the misuse of the information.
Read the full story from the December 19, 2007 edition of The Economist