1921 Census of England & Wales launching 6 January 2022 on Findmypast

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1921 Census of England & Wales launching 6 January 2022 

  • Findmypast and The Nationwide Archives reveal the 1921 Census of England & Wales will probably be printed early subsequent 12 months 
  • These invaluable paperwork provide an unprecedented snapshot of life 100 years in the past, permitting the general public to find the place, how and with whom their ancestors lived for the very first time 
  • This eagerly anticipated launch is the end result of three years of extremely expert work to deliver this fascinating a part of British historical past to life  
  • 8.5 million households recorded, 38 million people recognized and 30,000 sure volumes saved on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving digitised 
  • Greater than 18 million color pictures to be printed – a 25% improve on the 1911 Census. 

October 27, London: Findmypast and The Nationwide Archives have introduced that the 1921 Census of England & Wales will probably be printed on-line on 6 January 2022.  


From that day ahead, everybody will have the ability to search and discover the census on-line, solely  at  Findmypast. For the primary time, the main points of 38 million individuals captured in over 18 million  color  pictures will probably be made out there to all, enabling the general public to entry the beforehand unseen archival materials from the consolation of their residence. 


The 1921 Census provides extra element than all earlier England and Wales censuses. People had been requested not solely about their occupations but additionally their administrative center, employer, and got ‘Divorced’ as an choice for marital standing.  


Guests to Findmypast is not going to solely have the power to find what life was like in England and Wales a century in the past by discovering the place, how and with whom their ancestors had been residing, however may even have the opportunity to look by handle to uncover the historical past of their native space or residence and the tales of former occupants.  


For greater than two and a half years and counting, a workforce of tons of of Findmypast conservators, technicians and transcribers have undertaken the invaluable activity of conserving, transcribing and digitising the 1921 census in affiliation with The Nationwide Archives and with the assistance and assist of the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. 


It’s the largest challenge ever accomplished by The Nationwide Archives and Findmypast, consisting of greater than 30,000 sure volumes of authentic paperwork saved on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving.   


Each web page of the fragile bodily paperwork needed to be dealt with by a skilled conservation technician who was chargeable for a wide range of delicate duties together with eradicating any objects that might injury the paper, correcting folds protecting the textual content, teasing aside pages that had grow to be caught collectively, restoring tears and checking for and repairing different injury. 


As soon as each web page was examined, cleaned and repaired if required, Findmypast’s scanning workforce  created  a picture of each web page in addition to any attachments and the back and front covers of every quantity. Every picture was then high quality checked earlier than being saved on a safe server.  


This extremely anticipated launch is prone to be the final vital census launch for England and Wales in many individuals’s lifetime. Taken as soon as a decade, the census stays secret for 100 years earlier than being opened to the general public. Nevertheless, because the 1931 Census was destroyed in a hearth on the Workplace for Works in 1942, and the 1941 Census was by no means captured owing to the outbreak of the Second World Conflict, the 1921 Census will fill an enormous hole for historians. 


Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast says:  

“It has been a terrific honour for Findmypast to work alongside The Nationwide Archives as its industrial companion to disclose the extraordinary tales captured by 1921 Census of England & Wales. Taken between two world wars, following a world flu pandemic, throughout a interval of financial turmoil and migration from the UK, and with social change at residence as ladies gained the fitting to vote, the 1921 Census paperwork a second in time that can resonate with individuals residing as we speak. 


“I’m extremely happy with our Findmypast workforce who’ve labored with ardour and dedication for 1000’s of hours to preserve, scan, and transcribe 38 million historic data from 30,000 volumes of delicate authentic paperwork.  Because of their diligent work, when the Census is opened for the very first-time subsequent 12 months, household historians all over the world will have the ability to meaningfully search the Census to disclose the place and the way their ancestors lived and labored 100 years in the past.” 


Neil Curtis, Chief Working Officer at The Nationwide Archives, says: 

Census releases are keenly anticipated and create a interval of collective curiosity concerning the previous, producing a nationwide second of reflection. 


“The 1921 Census will provide us a glimpse into the lives of people and communities between the wars, recovering from a terrific influenza pandemic, and embarking on a brand new period the place on a regular basis rights and roles had been altering. 


“What makes the 1921 Census much more important is that will probably be the final census launch for England and Wales for 30 years, with the 1931 Census misplaced in a hearth and the 1941 Census by no means taken. 


“As residence to greater than 1,000 years of historical past, The Nationwide Archives is delighted to be working with Findmypast to open up this distinctive assortment to the world.” 


Mary McKee, Head of Content material Publishing Operations at Findmypast says:  

“We’re so excited to have the ability to reveal the unimaginable onerous work that our workforce of knowledgeable conservators and technicians have put into preserving this significant a part of our nation’s historical past.  


“We’re significantly excited to disclose the 1921 Census because it gives larger element than any earlier census as, along with the questions requested in 1911, the 1921 returns additionally requested homeowners to disclose their marital standing, place of employment, the business they labored in and the supplies they labored with in addition to their employer’s title. 


“Over the course of the restoration and digitization course of, we now have found 1000’s of extraordinary tales from the lives of seemingly bizarre individuals in addition to an abundance of well-known figures who helped formed the world we now reside in. This contains literary giants, cultural icons, inventors and innovators, pioneering ladies, royalty, politicians, campaigners and reformers, forgotten figures and far more.  


“We will’t wait to assist individuals uncover their ancestors, uncover the historical past of their properties or reveal the secrets and techniques hidden in these pages when the 100-year rule lifts. Within the meantime, we’re thrilled to have the ability to exhibit the unimaginable work that has gone into bringing the 1921 census on-line and get the public speaking about this fascinating period forward of the launch in January.” 


Go to www.findmypast.com/1921-census to search out out extra concerning the 1921 Census of England & Wales, the huge challenge to deliver it on-line, what it reveals and how you can entry it.  

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