Address search 1911 census
For the first time ever, we've made the infirmity column of the 1911 census available for you to view. See how your ancestors reported your family's illnesses and conditions and the age at which these began. This can provide a revealing insight into the previously censored health of your family in 1911, as well as your ancestors' views of their relations' wellbeing.
On the 1911 census transcriptions, you'll also be able to see any recorded details of children born to women in prison who were aged three or under at the time of the census.
The 1911 census
The 1911 census for England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April, 1911. The count included all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels, and it also attempted to make an approximate count of the homeless.
Searching the 1911 UK census
You can search the census for a person or an address. For a wider range of search fields, click the advanced search tab above. Completing more fields will narrow down your results, but we suggest that you begin your search by using only a small amount of information. This will allow for potential mis-transcriptions, and if you get too many results, you can always add more detail to condense them. For help with your searches, click the search tips tab above.
What is in the 1911 census?
In common with the censuses that preceded it, it recorded the following information:
- Where an individual lived
- Their age at the time of the census
- Who (what relatives) they were living with
- Their place of birth
- Details of any guests on the night of the census
- Details of any servants they had
Also, depending on an individual’s circumstances, additional information could include:
- Whether they were an employee or employer
- Precise details of the industry or service they worked in
- Details of nationality
- Duration of their current marriage
- Number of children born to that marriage
- Number of children still living, and the number who had died
- Details of any illnesses or conditions each family member had, and the date these began
Fertility in marriage and occupational data
In response to government concerns the 1911 census also asked additional, more specific questions to each household, about fertility in marriage and occupational data.
The 1911 census documents
Prior to 1911, the household schedules were destroyed once the details had been transferred into the enumerators’ summary books. But for the 1911 census both sets of records have been preserved, which means you can see the census documents filled out in your ancestor’s own hand (complete with mistakes and additional comments). The household schedules, plus their transcription, are available to view.The transcription will help you to locate your ancestors, but it is best to view the original images as well, to verify your findings.
The 1911 census and the suffragettes
Frustrated with the government’s refusal to grant women the vote, a large number of women boycotted the 1911 census by refusing to be counted. There were two forms of protest. In the first, the women (or their husbands) refused to fill in the form, often recording their protest on the household schedule. In the second, women evaded the census by staying away from their home for the whole night, and so did not lodge their protest on the household schedule. In both cases, any details relating to individual women in the households will be missing from the census. For the family historian, a refusal to fill in the form (accompanied by a protest statement) at least registers the presence of a woman, or women, in the household. But the women who evaded the count by leaving their home for the night are entirely untraceable via the census. The exact number of women who boycotted the census is not known, though some people have estimated that it may be as many as several thousand.
How to search the census by address
At findmypast.co.uk, less is more. The best way to start searching the census is with just a street name.
You need to enter the full street name in your search. A search for 'Garner', for example, will produce no results. You would need to search for 'Garner Lane', 'Garner Street' or similar.
If a basic street name search gives you too many possible matches, you can refine your search and add more detail. Click the 'refine search' button on the results page to return to this search box and add more information.
Finding a property with no street name
If the property you're looking for has no street name, try entering the name of a parish, town or city in the 'residential place' box, as shown below.
Findmypast.co.uk will show you a list of properties with that place listed in the address.
Please note that the way addresses were recorded and made searchable differs slightly from census to census.
It is, therefore, worth trying different 'residential place' searches if you can't find the address you're looking for. A search for 'Islington', for example, may return results that a search for 'London' will not.
Can't find the address you're looking for?
- Try leaving most of the search boxes empty. The address may not have been recorded as you would expect, so the details you enter could exclude relevant results. It's always best to start your search with just a street name.
- If the address could be easily misspelled, try using a wildcard search. Just use a * symbol in place of a letter or multiple letters. Instead of searching for 'Loughborough Road', for example, you could search for 'Lo*rough Road' or 'Loughborough*'.
Please note that if you decide to use a wildcard search in the 'street name' box, you'll need to add a search term without a wildcard in the 'residential place' box too.
Similarly, if you decide to use a wildcard search in the 'residential place' box, you'll need to add a search term without a wildcard in the 'street name' box too.