There is a great deal of excitement amongst family historians awaiting the imminent release of the 1921 Census.
‘It’s actually an amazing document,’ announced Leslie Turner, of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society, when recently interviewed by Radio Manchester.
Elsewhere it costs £2.50 for every record transcript and £3.50 for every original record image.
Manchester Central Library has been chosen as one of two regional hubs by The National Archives in order to offer free online access to the 1921 census of England and Wales.
If you’re not already a member, bring one form of ID showing your address to the library and they’ll add you at no cost.
The National Archives are the owners of the material while Findmypast are their commercial partners, awarded the contract in order to index, digitise and conserve census material consisting of 30,000 bound volumes. Find My Past will otherwise offer a pay-to-view service to both subscribers to their site and the general public.
What’s the big deal?
The census offers a unique glimpse into our families past lives. The details of approximately 38 million peoples in England and Wales inclusive of approximate age, nationality, marital status, address, who is sharing the property and their relationship, information on whether orphans or divorced, and employment.
What’s more, the next available census, a gap caused the impact of fire and war, the 1951 Census, will not be released until 2052: too late to benefit many of us! The 1921 Census for Scotland will not be released until the second half of 2022.
Leslie Turner went on to say: ‘It’s a snapshot in time,’ and ‘the 1921 Census is going to be really exciting, because it has that additional information about employment. Before it might have said worked at a mill, it now says which mill.’