Could the 1921 England & Wales Census provide more information about your WW2 Ancestors?

The 1921 Census for England & Wales was released this week on the Findmypast website. Taken on the evening of the 19th-20th June 1921 it could reveal valuable information if your WW2 Ancestor was born before this date. For those who would sadly lose their lives during WW2 it may provide more information on their earlier years.


Findmypast were awarded the contract by the National Archives in Kew to digitise, transcribe, index & publish the Census in 2019, no mean feat as it encompassed over 30,000 volumes.

The 1921 Census contains certain facts not detailed in previous Census Returns such as the name & address of employers & someones marital status could now be recorded as ‘Divorced’.


Sadly, it will be the last Census released for sometime as the 1931 Census was destroyed by fire in 1942 & the 1941 Census was not taken due to World War 2. Although do bear in mind that the 1939 Register which was released sometime ago does provide details of where individuals were living in September of that year.


Oosterbeek Cemetery, The Netherlands (© Clare Wilson)

The Census records are available on a pay-per-view basis, the costs being as follows: - £2.50 for a Transcribed Entry or £3.50 to view the original Census entry page.

Note that if you already have a Findmypast Pro Subscription like me then 10% discount will be applied.


These costs have met with some criticism by Findmypast subscribers. Similar costs were rolled out when the 1939 Register was released, however this was later dropped with entries being free to view for subscribers so it is possible they will eventually do the same with this collection. It is worth mentioning that this has been a huge undertaking for the company which has seen them work with a number of companies worldwide.


The current news on the 1921 Census for Scotland is that is it is due for release later in the year, I will post a further update you when more information has been released.

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