1911 census now available for free in Tyne and Wear Archives

By Culture24 staff | 11 August 2009
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An old photo of a husband and wife sitting in comfy chairs

Mr & Mrs Pumphrey "in our cosy chairs'" (1908). Some of the people who may have filled in the census. Pic courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Genealogy has never been more popular, and thanks to the digitisation of the 1911 Census, millions of people are digging up their family history to find out more about where they came from.

Now they have the opportunity to explore the Census for free at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, which is one of seven locations to have been provided with a year's worth of free access to the site by the National Archives.

"Anyone can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity," says Liz Rees, chief archivist at Tyne and Wear. "As we are expecting demand to be very high, we are asking people to call or email to book an appointment."

Since the census went online in January, more than 1.5 million people logged on in the first month alone. Now the census is finally complete and features entries from 36 million householders, including those stationed overseas in the Army.

The census features records about our ancestors' names, addresses, occupations, ages and places of birth, and can unlock many fascinating secrets.

If you want to book to find out more about your family's history, telephone the Archives on 0191 277 2248 or email archives@twmuseums.org.uk

Other institutions taking part in the project are: Birmingham Archives & Heritage, Devon Record Office, The National Library of Wales, Norfolk Record Office, Manchester Archives and Local Studies and Greater Manchester County Record Office and Nottinghamshire Archives.

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