Saturday, 12 June 2010

Free access to the 1911 England and Wales census

I seem to be be doing a lot of promoting of genealogy offers recently, but this one is a real cracker!
For the 3 hours surrounding any England match in the world cup (that's the soccer world cup to our American readers as if you weren't aware on this day that England play the USA!), there will be free access to the 1911 census of England and Wales.

I'm very grateful to Peter Calver from the "Lost Cousins" website for sending out the information and here's the text of his email with important timings and access details:
Findmypast are allowing FREE access to the 1911 Census and ALL the other resources for which you'd normally need a subscription, but only while England are playing in the World Cup.

Their first game is on Saturday 12th June, and the free access will be for 3 hours from 7pm British Summer Time.
England's second game is on Friday 18th June, and the free access will again be for 3 hours from 7pm.
Unless England qualify for the next stages of the competition their last game will be on Wednesday 23rd June, and the free access will be for 3 hours from 2.30pm.

Please note that New York is 5 hours behind London, and California is 8 hours behind. Thus the free access on 12th June will begin at 2pm if you are on the East Coast, and 11am if you are on the West Coast. Unfortunately if you are in Australia or New Zealand the matches take place in the early morning.

Click here to visit the special offer page at the findmypast site. You will need to register, and as their site is likely to be very busy during the offer, I would suggest you register in advance. You can search free at any time, so you don't have to wait for the offer period to start - the more you can do in advance, the better use you'll make of the 3 hours of free access.
If you haven't seen Peter's "Lost Cousins" website, it's worth a visit if you had ancestors in England, Wales or Ireland a hundred years ago who had entries in the censuses. I've entered all the Fitz(-)henrys on behalf of the Fitz(-)henry one name study, and have had several contacts not only asking about Fitzhenrys in their family but also people who lived with our Fitzhenry ancestors as either lodgers, landladies or employers.

Click here
for Peter's masterclass for using the 1911 census.
Happy hunting and let me know what you find! The first match kicks off in 4 hours time...

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