Thursday, December 14, 2006

1911 Census UK

Your Family Tree magazine:

"The 1911 Census is going to become available early, at least in part, and Your Family Tree and one of our readers have played a key role. The National Archives has just announced two services in advance of the official 2012 full release date.

Starting in January 2007, TNA will offer a limited research service where the address of an individual in the 1911 Census is already known. There will be a non-refundable seach charge of £45 (see

Meanwhile, TNA said it hopes to offer a searchable online service in early 2009, with key sensitive information withheld until 2012. A contract for digitising the Census is expected to be awarded in spring this year. Chief executive Natalie Ceeney said TNA will digitise the 1911 Census as quickly as they can.

The announcements came remarkably swiftly after we contacted TNA over the news that reader Guy Etchells had received a decision from the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas granting him access to one particular 1911 record (for Bottesford in Leicestershire) via the Freedom of Information legislation. Guy (pictured below) is believed to be the first person to achieve a successful ruling of this kind, despite TNA’s attempts to block the release on the grounds of confidentiality. The Information Commissioner ruled that confidentiality could only be applied to details of people’s health or"

from The National Archives, Kew | 1911 census

Will I now be able to make FOI requests to see information held on the 1921 census?

  • The 1921 census is not held by The National Archives and remains, like all post 1921 census' in the custody of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). To make enquiries about the 1921 census please contact ONSEmail link
  • Government policy that the 1921 and subsequent censuses should remain closed for 100 years. Unlike the 1911 census the 1921 census was conducted under the 1920 Census Act, which is still in force and which contains a statutory prohibition on disclosure. This means that if any FOI requests are received by ONS for the 1921 census, the exemption found in S44 of the FOI Act will be invoked to maintain census confidentiality
time to revise my own census UK help and FAQ


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