Trying out the 1911 census

I was invited on Friday to try out the latest beta of the 1911 census website run by FindMyPast. The temptation was too great to resist, so I headed over to the site.

I searched first for my grandfather Henry Hedges, who would have been 14 in the census. As it is in beta, the site doesn’t have all the counties available, even so it still returned four Henry Hedges’ aged 13-15. Unlike the 1901 Census results, there is no indication of where the person is born, so you have to buy a view of the transcription to see if it the correct one.

When the 1901 census was released, nearly 7 years ago, it cost 50 pence to see a transcription and 75 pence to see an actual image. If you buy the largest package of credits for the 1911 census available, it will cost you 10 credits (80 pence) to see a transcription and 30 credits (£2.40) to see an image.

Needless to say after a couple of hours of searching I had exhausted my 280 credits (£24.95), with next to nothing to show for the outlay. The thought of potentially repeating this for every person in my family tree, with the same results is just not financially viable.

I did find my grandmother on my mum’s side, and have a copy of the actual household return. It is different from previous censuses in that the original household returns have been scanned not the enumerators log. This means that I was looking at my great grandparents’ handwriting, Carrie Moulden I think. Much as I want to search for my relatives, I can see me waiting until this is available on one of the subscriptions rather than pay-per-view. For me this is just too expensive as it stands.

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11 Responses to Trying out the 1911 census

  1. Nikki-ann says:

    I certainly agree, the 1911 census is a little expensive, I used up the remaining credits from my FindMyPast account as well as the 280 I purchased!

  2. Ian says:

    Hi Nikki-ann,

    Thanks for dropping by. Looking at your blog, it seems you had a bit more success searching than I did. I think from the FindMyPast email advertising subscriptions, it will be available on their subscriptions later next year.


  3. Nikki-ann says:


    I managed to find 3 households from one line of my family and a couple of others. It was quite interesting, although I would have loved to have found my Welsh lines, but they’ll have to wait until the proper release.


  4. Rosalind Batchelor says:

    Hello Ian

    I gave them three months before asking last week when the 1911 Census was going to come through the Find my Past Explorer sub. as promised.

    I have had exactly the same responses as you. I am glad you have the wording of the original offer because I could not find the pertinent e-mail in my saved files.

    I am thinking about approaching my local Trading Standards Office and/or “Which”.

    Have you taken this any further.

    Ros Batchelor

  5. Kev says:

    I’ve just found your site through a Baebes link …. but to get to the point I assume you know that you can view the 1911 census free of charge at Kew – all you have pay for is the hard copies which are A3 sized.

  6. Ian says:

    Thanks Kev,

    Yes, I did know that, but unfortunately it isn’t very practical for me to get down to Kew to view it. Especially as my research time tends to be late evenings and alike.

    Thanks for the comment, as I hadn’t thought to mention the availability at Kew.



  7. Kev says:

    Hi Ian…..

    Next time I’m going down I’ll let you know and if I can help just say the word.


  8. Ian says:

    Thank you for the kind offer Kev

  9. Carrie Moulden says:

    Hi, Thanks for all this wonderful information. I am a descendant of Simon Pensam Moulden – on the family tree, at the end of the line – Charles Edward Moulden’s grand-daughter. We live in New Zealand. Anyway just wanted to say thank you for the time you have spent on this – it will surely keep the family history alive for years to come.

  10. Ian says:

    Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for dropping by. I guess that makes us 3rd cousins; I’m descended from Caroline (Carrie) Moulden, sister of George, Charles’ father. The strange thing is, I didn’t know about the branch in New Zealand until Lyall Moulden, your cousin once removed, found Carrie, my great grandmother, on my website almost 5 years ago.
    You can see the information that I have on the family on one of my other sites, you have to select Hedges Tree – Public data under welcome page.
    The information Lyall gave me took me as far as your grandfather Charles, but I don’t have any further. If you can help with any further details, please drop me an email.

    Thanks, Ian

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