The 1921 Census of England and Wales will be Digitized

Genealogists who enjoy looking at census data, that might contain valuable information about their ancestors, have another census to look forward to. The 1921 Census of England and Wales will be digitized.

“In the most anticipated family history development since the online publication of the 1939 Register, Findmypast has been selected as The National Archives’ commercial partner to make the 1921 Census of England & Wales available online.”

“The census, which was the first to be conducted following the introduction of the Census Act of 1920, will be published online by Findmypast in January 2022.”

For this project, Findmypast will capture digital images and transcribe records in a way that will enable family historians across the globe to conduct meaningful searches of these important records when they are opened for the very first time.

Here are some interesting facts about the UK 1921 Census:

It was taken on the 19th of June 1921 when the population for England and Wales was over 37 million.

The 1921 census consists of more than 28,000 bound volumes of original household returns.

The 1921 census included more information about the profession and branch within it. It asked what materials people worked with, place of work, and employers name.

Everyone over the age of 15 was asked about their marital status (including if they were divorced).

For those under the age of 15 the census recorded whether both parents were alive or if either or both parents had died.

The 1921 census had detailed questions on education, including whether the person was in full-time or part-time education.

The 1921 census was the first time individuals in a household could make separate confidential returns.

CEO of Findmypast, Tasmin Todd, said: ‚ÄúThis announcement is important for all family historians tracing their ancestors living in Britain in the early twentieth century. It provides a fascinating snapshot of how people lived and worked in the years following World War I, and it’s all the more important because there’s no surviving census for the next two decades until 1951.”

Related Articles at

* Looking at the 1911 UK Census

* United Kingdom Census Database

* United Kingdom Censuses

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