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1921 Census release today

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Oopsadaisy1 Thu 06-Jan-22 08:25:19

Only if you are on a certain website though.

This will be the last Census to be released until 2052, I doubt I will be around to see that one!

The 1931 Census was destroyed and the 1941 Census didn’t take place due to the war. So the 1951 census will be the next one to be released.

M0nica Thu 06-Jan-22 08:31:07

However a reister of some kind took place in 1940, which was used to issue identity cards. If not already released, that will be in 2040. Not as much info as the census, better than nothing.

Curlywhirly Thu 06-Jan-22 08:43:41

The 1939 'census' has already been released.

Anniebach Thu 06-Jan-22 08:45:06

Only one company has the 1921 census, they have several levels of membership fees, I have the middle one, £2.50 to see one
search ,this plus membership fees.

There is a 1939 census available on the same site.

Hetty58 Thu 06-Jan-22 08:50:51

Thanks for the reminder. I'll log in (it's free) and have a little look around (although this house didn't exist back then) as I'm very nosy.

My two (sister) great aunts always lived together - as so many men were lost in WW1 and the Spanish Flu wiped out many folk too.

Jane71 Thu 06-Jan-22 11:10:02

Thanks. Is it possible to browse the census without paying?

silverdragon Thu 06-Jan-22 11:13:56

No, you can't. You can however do a search which will come up with name, birth year, birthplace, Parish, Registration District, County. But if you want any further info you have to pay.

This is how the whole thing is financed.

Germanshepherdsmum Thu 06-Jan-22 11:56:56

I’m looking forward to searching for a few people. Unfortunately the 1921 Scottish census won’t be released until later this year, haven’t yet heard when.

Anniebach Thu 06-Jan-22 12:05:44

Been waiting 11 years for this census, started searching 7.10 this
morning ,

Pittcity Thu 06-Jan-22 12:09:56

You can access the index to the 1921 census on Findmypast but it's pay per view to see any detail even if you are a subscriber.
I am sticking with Ancestry, which I find easier to use. They will have it on there in a few years time.

You can view the 1921 census free if you make a trip to London National Archives.

Germanshepherdsmum Thu 06-Jan-22 13:30:31

For most of us it’s cheaper to pay FMP!

prestbury Thu 06-Jan-22 13:49:02

Pittcity

You can access the index to the 1921 census on Findmypast but it's pay per view to see any detail even if you are a subscriber.
I am sticking with Ancestry, which I find easier to use. They will have it on there in a few years time.

You can view the 1921 census free if you make a trip to London National Archives.

Also free at the National Library of Wales and Manchester Central Library.

lemongrove Thu 06-Jan-22 14:12:01

A Census is a real social snapshot isn’t it? I read a bit about the 1921 one on the BBC news this morning.
A hundred years ago! Yet somehow ( to our generation) 1921 is when a lot of our Grandparents married and had our parents as little ones.
My own Mother was born several years earlier with Grandparents marrying in 1915.

Germanshepherdsmum Thu 06-Jan-22 14:23:25

It’s a wonderful resource. I have virtually walked round the village where my ancestors lived with previous censuses, taking a peep at all the neighbours, on the strength of an Ancestry subscription, but that won’t be possible with this one for some time as you’re charged for each person/household.

Chestnut Thu 06-Jan-22 16:39:36

I couldn't wait! I've downloaded 15 households today but no more until they become available with the subscription.

It costs £12.99 for a month's subscription, then £2.50 for each transcription of a household and £3.50 for the original document (which I would always choose).

People are moaning about the cost on other forums, but any researcher who was around in the 20th century would say you don't know how lucky you are. Online records are so easy and cheap compared to the cost of travelling around the country and searching all day through dusty files. It was a mammoth task finding anything!

Count your blessings because family research has never been so easy and cheap.

Germanshepherdsmum Thu 06-Jan-22 16:43:54

That’s very true Chestnut. I’m hoping to get stuck in tomorrow.

Chestnut Thu 06-Jan-22 16:54:18

Just to add, you can download the census page by clicking on the 'down' arrow at the top. Having paid for them it's essential to save them with your other records.

You also need the address! Go to "extra materials" in the film strip at the bottom of the page and choose 'Front' which has the address. It's on a separate page from the people, unlike the 1911 census.

Germanshepherdsmum Thu 06-Jan-22 16:55:38

Thanks for that Chestnut, very helpful indeed.💐

AreWeThereYet Thu 06-Jan-22 17:13:05

People are moaning about the cost on other forums, but any researcher who was around in the 20th century would say you don't know how lucky you are. Online records are so easy and cheap compared to the cost of travelling around the country and searching all day through dusty files. It was a mammoth task finding anything!

Absolutely true! We did most of ours before there was much online - when I first joined Ancestry there were very few records. Having said that, we exhausted the online records years ago, including the newspapers, as we have no interest in extending outwards forever and want to go back in time. We had to spend weekends all over the UK, taking up most of our holidays, and paying a fortune in petrol and hotels. But we have ended up with a very well documented tree with many photographs of places, unlike many of the trees online, many of which are complete fairy tales with nothing to back them up. I once saw my grandmother married to a complete stranger before she was even born.

Chestnut Thu 06-Jan-22 17:36:37

AreWeThereYet yes at least half the Ancestry trees are complete nonsense and it can drive you crazy looking at them. There are so many lazy researchers (well they are not researchers at all actually) and then more lazy ones come along and take it all from their tree thus duplicating the errors over and over again. hey ho.

One thing I would say is that Ancestry has new records coming online all the time, so you will find things there now that weren't there a couple of years ago. They were very bad for Welsh records a while back but seem to have caught up now. There are so many parish marriage records too which saves buying the marriage certificate.

Daisymae Thu 06-Jan-22 17:36:38

I've paid 3.50 to view the one item on the 1921 census that I am really interested in. Surprisingly I did learn something new too. I subscribe to Ancestry worldwide.

growstuff Thu 06-Jan-22 17:44:42

Strangely, my paternal grandparents aren't on it. I know they were married in 1919 and I know where they lived, so it's surprising. They must have been on holiday or abroad for some other reason.

Chestnut Thu 06-Jan-22 17:52:27

growstuff don't give up. They may have had bad handwriting and been transcribed wrongly. There are a lot of transcription errors. I think you can search on address.

growstuff Thu 06-Jan-22 18:11:59

I tried the address, but he wasn't there - it was somebody else. I have the same address on his 1919 marriage certificate, my uncle's 1921 birth certificate and the 1921 electoral role. He might have moved, but not have been registered at the new address.

Chestnut Thu 06-Jan-22 18:24:24

The 1921 census was 19th June so how does that fit with your other 1921 dates?