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Sunday, 1 February 2009

1911 Census

Researching family history and genealogy is a particular interest of mine. I apologise for using the old county designations but for the record here are the main surnames and locations I have an interest in:-
  • James in Cardiganshire (Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Talybont) and Meirionethshire (Tywyn)
  • Mason in Cardiganshire
  • Rowlands from Machynlleth
  • Rowlands from Caernarvonshire
  • Hughes in Liverpool
  • Bevan in Carmarthenshire
  • Davies from Llangadog
I had a look at the latest available census this week, what there is of it. The available counties are listed here. I actually accept the reasons why but it is a insight into the mindset of 1911 that numbering started in the south and worked its way north and west. I found a few relatives in Liverpool and Chester but will have to wait for the Welsh tribe. Its frustrating having to wait but not anything like the wait for the next releases. The 1921 Census is bound by the Census Act 1920 and will be closed for 100 years, the 1931 Census was lost in the war, there was no Census in 1941. The next will be the 1951 census released in 2051. The change in UK society from 1921 to 1951 was profound and a comparative analysis of both in 2051 will be a treasure trove for historians.

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