Tuesday, January 13, 2009

1911 Census Comes Online

At £3 a pop, but it should make for an interesting excursion.

Things have come a long way since then, not least the cartoons.

Almost the entire 1911 census goes online for public access on Tuesday. Rob Liddle looks at what we can hope to find out from it and how organisers hope to avoid a repeat of the deluge that shut the 1901 census website last time.

The answers to thousands of questions lurk within the two kilometres of shelving space taken up by the 1911 census documents at the National Archives in London.

Among the eight million returns are family secrets that have lain undiscovered for generations and pages inhabited by the previously unknown relatives of those alive today.

These families - as yet untouched by the horrors of a new kind of war - seem to exist in a different world from ours....more


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