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== Record Description ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection will include records for 1911.
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This collection includes records for the 1911 census, which was taken on April 2.  
 
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The census day for the 1841 census was taken on June 7.  
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Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day. For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page.  
 
Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day. For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page.  
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The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.  
 
The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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Census records usually contain the following information:  
 
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{{Collection citation | text= "England and Wales Census, 1911." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing  Great Britain Census Office. England and Wales Census, 1911. National Archives, Surrey, England.}}
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[[England and Wales Census, 1911 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content ==
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These census records usually contain the following information:  
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*District, civil parish, church parish, and county where census was taken  
 
*District, civil parish, church parish, and county where census was taken  
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*Language spoken
 
*Language spoken
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How to Use the Record ==
  
To begin your search in the census, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
*Name of ancestor
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
*Approximate year and place of residence
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==== Search the Collection ====
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/familysearch-tips/360 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
 
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
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==== Using The Information ====
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=== Using The Information ===
  
 
When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
 
When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
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Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.  
 
Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.  
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
  
 
Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:  
 
Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:  
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*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.  
 
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.  
 
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.  
 
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.  
*The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.
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*The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records.
  
 
You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information.  
 
You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information.  
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*Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.
 
*Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ===
  
 
If you do not find the person or family you are looking for try the following:  
 
If you do not find the person or family you are looking for try the following:  
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*Search the surrounding area.
 
*Search the surrounding area.
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
*[http://www.1911census.co.uk/ 1911 Census of the UK]  
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[http://www.1911census.co.uk/ 1911 Census of the UK]  
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
 
*[[England Census]]  
 
*[[England Census]]  
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*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
 
*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
"England and Wales Census, 1911," ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org accessed 10 June 2011), Jane Elizabeth Olsen, age 56; citing Census Records, St Peter, Jersey; England, Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man Census 1911, London, England.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "England and Wales Census, 1911." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing  Great Britain Census Office. England and Wales Census, 1911. National Archives, Surrey, England.}}
  
 
[[Category:Census_records_in_England]] [[Category:England|Census]] [[Category:Wales|Census]]
 
[[Category:Census_records_in_England]] [[Category:England|Census]] [[Category:Wales|Census]]

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Contents

Record Description

This collection includes records for the 1911 census, which was taken on April 2.

Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day. For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page.

The index to the 1911 Census of England and Wales is provided by our affiliate partner FindMyPast.com.

Their index will be published to FamilySearch with links to images on their website.

The Registrar General created the national censuses. Enumerators went door to door collecting the data in census books. The census takers listed only those who spent the night in each household, so individuals who were traveling or at school were listed where they spent the night.

The original schedules are well preserved and housed at the Public Records Office in Kew. Microfilm copies are located at the Family History Library, at the Family Records Centre in England, and at county record offices and some libraries.

The Registrar General created censuses for various reasons, including population studies, accessing military readiness, compiling lists of eligible voters, and tracking relief to the poor.

The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.

Record Content

Census records usually contain the following information:

  • District, civil parish, church parish, and county where census was taken
  • Given names and surnames of each household member
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Age, gender, marital status and occupation of each household member
  • Place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Physical infirmities
  • Language spoken

How to Use the Record

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using The Information

When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.

Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.

Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Tips to Keep in Mind

Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:

  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records.

You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information.

Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:

  • Accept the ages with caution.
  • Given names may not be the same as a name recorded in church or vital records.
  • The information may be incorrect.
  • Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).
  • Place-names may be misspelled.
  • Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If you do not find the person or family you are looking for try the following:

  • Check for spelling variations for the names.
  • Make sure you are searching in the right parish.
  • Search the surrounding area.

Related Websites

1911 Census of the UK

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"England and Wales Census, 1911." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Great Britain Census Office. England and Wales Census, 1911. National Archives, Surrey, England.

 

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