1921 Census to Be Published on Find My Past #unitedkingdom #announcements


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

Findmypast has been selected by the UK National Archives commercial partner to make the 1921 Census of England and Wales to be available online.  he census, which was the first to be conducted following the introduction of the Census Act of 1920, will be published online by Findmypast in January 2022.

 

The census was taken on June 19th, 1921 and consists of more than 28,000 bound volumes of original household returns containing information on almost 38 million individuals. Questions asked in the 1921 census that were not included in the 1911 census include householders employment, the industry they worked in and the materials they worked with as well as the employers name.  It was also the first census in which individual householders could submit separate confidential returns. Those aged 15 and older were required to provide information about their marital status, including if divorced, while for those under 15 the census recorded whether both parents were alive or if either or both had died.

 

The UK has a 100-year rule for disclosure to preserve privacy of the individual.  The accepted assumption of 100 years for life means that records can be opened 100 years and 1 day from the date of birth of the individual. In February 2004 the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives considered and accepted a proposal for the use of a standard closure period, and that a lifetime of 100 years should be assumed. Living people aged more than 100 who wish their records to be taken down can make a request for this to be done.

 

Anyone will be able to view the images of the 1921 census for free online at The National Archives. The original census document will not be available in the reading rooms and there are no plans to produce microfiche. Searching the 1921 Census will be free on Findmypast but viewing an images or transcriptions will not.

 

The next census to be released will be the 1951 census, due for release in January 2052. The 1931 census was taken in April 1931 but was completely destroyed in a fire in 1942 at the Office of Works. There was no England and Wales census in 1941 due to the Second World War.

 

To read more see:  https://www.findmypast.co.uk/1921-census

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

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