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Census for England & Wales
1891, 1901, 1911

Fully searchable Census collection which gives details of all those enumerated in the 1911, 1901 and 1891 Census of England and Wales.

The 1911 Census was the first UK Census where the census return was written by the ‘Head of the Household’ and the document was used as the primary census return.

  • Name and surname of each person in the property
  • Relationship to head of the family
  • Marital status
  • Age at last birthday
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Additional information about the dwelling and property was also collected

Births, Marriages & Deaths
1837 to 2005

Our award-winning complete Birth, Marriage and Death records index for England and Wales

Complete Birth, Marriage & Death records index for England and Wales as published by the GRO. Images of the original index pages are available between 1837 and 1983.

There have been half a billion births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales since 1837 and there are now about 7,500 volumes of indexes!

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Discover Your Ancestors Periodical
Jul 2023 to Oct 2024

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical is a high quality monthly digital magazine delivered to your own personalised online account every month. This beautifully designed 30+ page online magazine is packed full of stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice.

  • Past 12 months of issues.
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First Steps 7 free resources include: the 1891 Census for England and Wales, the 1901 Census for England and Wales, the 1911 Census for England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index for England and Wales (1837-2005), Civil Registration Marriage Index for England and Wales (1837-2005), Civil Registration Death Index for England and Wales (1837-2005) and Discover Your Ancestors Monthly Online Magazine. See above for more details.