The exclusive license to use the images of the 1911 census currently held  by would appear to have just expired. The Society of Genealogists has  today received notice that the 1911 census has been acquired by both the Genealogist and and hence will be more widely available to the family history community

The companies have sent the following joint press release:


ANCESTRY AND THE GENEALOGIST ACQUIRE THE 1911 CENSUS, Inc, parent company of the UK’s number one family history website[1], in collaboration with UK website, 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 colour 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 and by county, starting in late 2010 and completing in 2011.

Part of the archival holdings of The National Archives, the 1911 Census is the largest and most recent census available to the public.  A crucial genealogical resource, it offers a 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.

Olivier Van Calster, Vice President of Ancestry International, comments: “We are thrilled to acquire the 1911 Census and look forward to the moment members can access these valuable records on our site.


“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.”


Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of comments: “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.


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 Nonconformist records, Parish Records, Wills, Roll of Honour and Military records.”

© 2010, Society of Genealogists. All rights reserved.

Filed under: General

Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!