Where can I get free access to the 1911 census in England and Wales?

28 Jul

UPDATE: From the 1st October 2009 free access at Manchester Archives and Local Studies and Greater Manchester County Record Office and Tyne and Wear Archives has been withdrawn as their allocation of free credits has been used up. Please check availability with the other archives before visiting.

The National Archives have announced today that in association with findmypast.com they will be providing free access to the 1911 census at seven archives and libraries across England and Wales.

The seven lucky archives and libraries listed are:

  • Birmingham Archives & Heritage
  • Devon Record Office
  • The National Library of Wales
  • Manchester Archives and Local Studies and Greater Manchester County Record Office
  • Norfolk Record Office
  • Nottinghamshire Archives
  • Tyne and Wear Archives

Researchers are advised to check with the relevant archive or library before visiting for availability. Presumably a similar system will be in place to that at The National Archives (where access to the 1911 census online is already free) which means you will only have to pay if you want to print from the website.

No mention is made of how this fits in with The National Archives proposed changes to reduce running costs by 2010.

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