1911 Census – an early release!
The 1911 Census is going to become available early, at least in part, and Your Family Tree and one of our readers have played a key role. The National Archives has just announced two services in advance of the official 2012 full release date.
Starting in January, TNA will offer a limited research service where the address of an individual in the 1911 Census is already known. There will be a non-refundable seach charge of £45 (see www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/1911census).
Meanwhile, TNA said it hopes to offer a searchable online service in early 2009, with key sensitive information withheld until 2012. A contract for digitising the Census is expected to be awarded in spring this year. Chief executive Natalie Ceeney said TNA will digitise the 1911 Census as quickly as they can.
The announcements came remarkably swiftly after we contacted TNA over the news that reader Guy Etchells had received a decision from the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas granting him access to one particular 1911 record (for Bottesford in Leicestershire) via the Freedom of Information legislation. Guy (pictured below) is believed to be the first person to achieve a successful ruling of this kind, despite TNA’s attempts to block the release on the grounds of confidentiality. The Information Commissioner ruled that confidentiality could only be applied to details of people’s health or mental infirmity, which did not apply in the case of the particular record Guy requested.
Guy told us: “As you may imagine, I was elated with the decision. I now also have questions about the legality of restricting information of any census up to 1981…”
In its press statement TNA affirmed the government’s commitment to the ‘100-year rule’ for censuses and that “information collected during 1921 and later censuses will be treated in line with this commitment”.
Meanwhile, there have been delays in the expected release of the 1911 Census for Ireland. Dublin’s records were due to be online at the end of December. Philip Doyle of the National Archives of Ireland told us: “Both the 1901 and 1911 censuses are expected to be online by 2008-09. Dublin Census Records for 1911 are now expected to be released in June 2007.”
(Editor’s note: Well done, Guy. It goes to show that if you stand up for something you believe in, you can get results. It’s worth it. Everyone, feel free to post comments below.)
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