1911 Census

1911 Census Date – 2 April 1911

The 1911 Census UK was taken on the night of 2nd April 1911. To search the 1911 National Census for England & Wales visit the following link:

1911 Census of England & Wales

The 1911 census was also known as the ‘fertility census’.  For the first time, a question asked how many children women had given birth to.  This was important to family historians as it gives information on children no longer living at home, as well as those who may have died prior to the 1911 census.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was released in 2009 – earlier than its scheduled 100 years wait (apart from some sensitive information).  The 1911 Scottish Census was delayed for the full 100 years, due to privacy laws, and was released in April 2011. The 1911 Scotland Census can be searched at the ScotlandsPeople site. Unlike the England and Wales 1911 Census Records, the Scottish Census Records for 1911 do not include the individual household forms. The Ireland Census 1911 can be viewed for free at the National Archives of Ireland website.  For more information on the Irish censuses visit our Ireland Census Records page. The next British Census to be released is the 1921 Census which will happen in January 2022.

For more information about the contents of the 1911 Census listen to this short, but very helpful, 3 minute video by Elaine Collins, a genealogy expert, of FindMyPast which was published online at the time of the release of the 1911 Census.  In it she explains that the individual household forms survived for the first time, meaning a lot more digitised images than previous censuses, and the chance, perhaps, to see the handwriting of one of your ancestors.