Wednesday 27 February 2019

FindMyPast wins 1921 Census (England+Wales) project

The census will be published online in January 2022
Findmypast has been awarded the contract to digitise and publish online the 1921 Census of England and Wales.

This census was taken on 19 June 1921, and comprises more than 28,000 bound volumes of original household returns containing detailed information on close to 38 million individuals. It provides greater detail than any previous census as, in addition to the questions asked in 1911, the 1921 returns also asked householders to reveal their place of employment, the industry they worked in and the materials they worked with, as well as their employer’s name.

People aged 15 and older were required to provide information about their marital status, including if divorced, while for those under 15 the census recorded whether both parents were alive or if either or both had died.

The 1921 Census also included detailed questions on education, and was the first in which individual householders could submit separate confidential returns.

The contract, awarded by The National Archives in association with the Office for National Statistics, will see Findmypast capture digital images and transcribe the records in a way that will enable family historians to conduct meaningful searches of these important records when they are opened for the very first time.

The 1921 census will be published online by Findmypast in January 2022.

You'll find more information about the project here.