[Editor’s note: we just received this press release from Ancestry.com about the 1911 Census of England and Wales – we can’t wait for this!]
ANCESTRY.COM AND THE GENEALOGIST ACQUIRE THE 1911 CENSUS
Provo, Utah, November 5, 2010 – Ancestry.com, in collaboration with UK Web site Thegenealogist.co.uk, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with The National Archives to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census.
The two family history companies will work together to transcribe the 1911 Census, creating a searchable database which enables users to type in a name and go directly to the full color digital image of the actual census document, handwritten in their ancestor’s home a century ago.
The complete set of 1911 Census records go live on Ancestry.com by county, starting in late 2010 and completing in 2011.
“We are thrilled to acquire the 1911 Census and look forward to the moment members can access these valuable records on our site,” said Olivier Van Calster, Vice President of Ancestry International. “The addition of this vital genealogical material means we will be able to offer our members the complete set of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses, as well as the only fully searchable England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes and exclusive online access to the World War One British Army Service and Pension records.”
Part of the archival holdings of The National Archives, the 1911 Census is the largest and most recent census available to the public[i]. A crucial genealogical resource, it offers detailed insight into how people lived in the years leading up the First World War, showing who lived where, with whom, their age at the time of the census, their place of birth and what they did for a living.
“The 1911 Census is a crucial step for many in finding their roots and we feel this is a vital resource that will benefit family historians everywhere. Our members voted this resource their number one dataset in a recent survey,” said Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of Thegenealogist.co.uk. “The 1911 census will be added to our Diamond subscription to accompany our complete set of English & Welsh Census and Birth, Marriage and Death indexes, Official Non-Conformist records, Parish Records, Wills, Roll of Honor and Military records.”
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.
TheGenealogist.co.uk is the major online family history research Web site of the British founded S and N group. Collections include a comprehensive set of Birth, Marriage and Death records, the census for 1841 to 1901, Wills and Will Indexes, Parish records, The official site for Non-conformist records, Roll of Honour database, Electoral Registers and Directories. The group started providing services for family historians in 1992 and provides everything from research books and CDs to a range of sophisticated online services. www.thegenealogist.co.uk, www.SandN.net.
[i] As a result of the ruling of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), the 1911 Census has been made available in redacted form ahead of a formal public opening in January 2012
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