Countless family secrets and stories
Was your grandmother a female pioneer like Dorothy Levitt, the first female racing driver? Was your grandfather one of the last mole catchers?
Today, the most extensive British census ever available online will reveal where your grandparents were, who they were with and what they were doing in the summer of 1921.
What is the 1921 Census?
The 1921 Census of England & Wales is a detailed snapshot of 38 million lives, available online only at Findmypast. We're delighted to have been chosen by The National Archives to bring it to you.
How do I access the 1921 Census?
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What was the digitisation process like?
Watch the video above to see how our nimble-fingered team was given three years to scan and transcribe 28,000 bound volumes. They met the deadline – despite the pandemic – to help bring the lives of 38 million men, women and children online.
How much does the census cost?
It costs £2.50 for every record transcript and £3.50 for every original record image.
This will cover the cost of digitising and transcribing the 18,235,242 images created from the records supplied exclusively to us by The National Archives. It means these precious records are accessible, commitment-free, for everyone.
For all 12-month Pro subscribers there is a 10% discount on any 1921 Census purchases.
More about life in 1921
The 1920s in Britain was a decade of contrasts. The early years brought glimpses of the Roaring Twenties. War was over and women were more independent than ever before. But by the mid-20s, the economy had declined, unemployment spiked and worker strikes were rife.
For the first time, our ancestors enjoyed commercial flights, crosswords and rollercoasters. And the BBC started broadcasting in 1922.
Families were getting smaller and children stayed in school longer. The middle classes and aristocracy enjoyed Downton Abbey-style country estates, while overcrowded Victorian terraces and newly-built two-up-two-down council houses filled the towns and cities.
The golden age of cinema and the Jazz Age brought with them flapper girls, sea shanties and party culture. Women's haircuts and hemlines got shorter.
As the nation recovered from the horrors of war and a pandemic, people rebuilt their lives, unaware that the next generation would face another global conflict.
What people are saying about the 1921 Census
I am looking forward to seeing my grandmother's name on the census for the first time, she was born in 1919 in Lambeth, Surrey."
Both my parents were born in 1921 so I will be excited to see them on the census."
I'm interested in determining the impact the First World War had in my village by seeing how many widows there were – particularly those with young children."
Frequently Asked Questions
Explore the full list of 1921 Census frequently asked questions for further information.