The 1911 census was taken on Sunday 2nd April 1911. It is only available online and is presented in a quite different format from that of previous censuses. Previously, the enumerators’ books have been retained and published, and these are transcriptions from the original household sheets. With the 1911 census, the household sheets themselves have survived as well as various summary documents. This means that we can see what our ancestors actually wrote, and presumably means greater accuracy. It also means that there are many more documents.
Although the census is usually published after one hundred years, the 1911 census was made available earlier following a challenge under the Freedom of Information Act. However, sensitive information about disability was embargoed until 2012. The 1911 Census for Scotland was not published until 2012.
The principal page of the census contains information about a single household. The full address of the household may be shown at the bottom of the page, along with the signature of the householder, or you may find it on the address page. The columns of the household page are as follows:
The numbers written alongside the profession or occupation were written by the census enumerator and are the code taken from the Standard Occupational Classification. This is used by all government surveys.
This is the reverse of the household page and the information identifies the Registration District, Registration Sub-district and Enumeration District, the name of the head of family, and the postal address. The address page may give a fuller address than appears on the household page.
This shows the names of the Registration District, Registration Sub-district and Enumeration District and also the civil parish, ecclesiastical parish, borough or urban district, ward of borough or urban district, rural district and parliamentary borough or division.
Enumerator’s Book Images