The Genealogist Research Guide

What is the 1911 Census?

The 1911 census was taken on the 2nd April and contains millions more records than the previous 1901 census. This is the first available census to be filled in by your ancestors, enabling you to view your ancestors’ handwriting.

The 1911 is thought to be one of the most important record sets as it will show family records in detail before the WW1. It will give details of where your ancestors lived, who with, age, place of birth and occupation as you would expect.

Additional pieces of information included for the first time are nationality, duration of current marriage, number of children born within that marriage, number of living children and the number of any children who had died. Extra occupation information may show details of the industry in which they worked.

With access to colour images, your ancestors own handwriting and the extra information provided on the census you can really bring your ancestors to life.

How can I access this? has transcribed the 1911 census records to create fully searchable records, using our unique search tools including the Keyword Master search, Family Forename Search and House and Street Search.  The records are available to all Diamond Premium subscribers.

The 1911 Census on TheGenealogist

We’ve transcribed the census records by name, age, gender, relation to head, marriage status, number of years married, occupation, place of birth and address (parish and street).   You can search using any of these fields on our advanced and unique Keyword Master Search, making it easier to locate your ancestors. also provides higher quality images of the census pages than have been available online before.  The new high resolution, high quality images give more detail for you to look at, while also having a fast loading standard image on the higher resolution options, so no matter what broadband speed you have you’ll be able to view the best images quickly.  To get the best experience from these images you’ll also need to download the new version X of Adobe Reader, which is available free at the Adobe website.

How to: Searching in the 1911 Census

If you wish to search the 1911 census records you can opt to search for an individual, a family or an address.

When searching for 'a Person' you can use keywords such as occupation, birth place, relation to head etc to help narrow down your results. Enter any details that you have and all entries with matching information will be displayed in your results below.  You can then click on the icons on the left to view the entire Household or original image.

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The original image will display further details such as nationality, the number of children born to a couple, the number of which are still living and how many have died.  It also displays further employment details such as the service/industry of the worker.

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All original images can be downloaded to your computer using the ‘Save Image’ icon and printed using the icon on the left of the viewer window.

Selecting the ‘View Household’ icon from your results page will open up a full transcript of all members of the household, with the street address and links to the cover page located at the top left.  A ‘View Family’ link is also available on the right hand side of each entry to change the view from household members to only those within the family, excluding any visitors or servants residing at the address.

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The 1911 census can also be accessed via the drop down below the Master Search in the same way other census years can be.

1911 Census Image Search

You’ll find this on your Search page under ‘Census Transcripts’, named ‘1911 Images’.

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Guide to searching

Step 1 – Select a County from those shown as available in the first column

Step 2 – From second column, choose a Registration District.  If you’re not sure which of these your parish is in, use the Keyword Master Search to check this on previous census years, or select the ‘search a specific parish’ link at the top to skip this part.

Step 3 – Choose a Sub-District/Parish from the third column

Step 4 – Choose an Enumeration District.  The enumeration districts were used to reduce the census records into manageable groups, so you may need to go through each one to find the address you’re looking for.

Step 5 – Select a Page Number from final column to open up the image viewer window.  You can browse backwards and forwards within the image viewer window by 5 pages, or close the window and select a new page to continue searching through a particular street.

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