Catalogue description General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules
|Title:||General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules|
Enumerators' schedules of returns made by heads of households for the 1911 census, which include the names, age, sex, occupation and parish and county of birth of individual members of the population of England, Wales and the Channel Islands; included in this series are returns from ships of the Royal Navy at sea and in ports abroad.
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The 1911 census was the first census where a member of the household, rather than the enumerator completed the actual forms (schedules). The schedules are completed and signed by the head of the household. They contain an address and a schedule number. The schedules are divided into sixteen columns:
There are also Schedules for:
The 1911 Census records are arranged in two different series: bound volumes of Census Schedules (RG 14) and Enumerators' Summary Books (
The link between the two sets of documents is through a unique three-part reference number which reflects the arrangement of the records:
These numbers are written on the front of the Enumerator's Summary Book and on the spine of the corresponding bound volume of Schedules. Each unique reference number corresponds to a distinct piece reference in the series. For example, RD 444 RS 4 ED 7. The Enumeration District information is arranged into three sections:
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
General Register Office, 1836-1970
|Physical description:||34998 volume(s)|
|Restrictions on use:||In December 2006 the Information Commissioner's Office ruled that access should be given to the 1911 census, but that personally sensitive information should remain closed for a full 100 years. Sensitive information was digitally obscured or 'redacted' for the 2009 partial release. The date of the full release of these records was January 2012.|
|Access conditions:||Closed until 2012|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
Before 1911 the information contained in the actual Schedules (returns) was bound together with the Enumerators' Books.
From 1911, when machine methods of processing returns were introduced, the Schedules were compiled separately from the Enumerators' Summary Books. The Register General held the household Schedules and the Enumerators' Summary Books.
The most notable change in the 1911 census is the inclusion of information regarding fertility in the schedules, as married women were asked to indicate how long they had been married and how many children they had (from their current marriage) living and dead.
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