Archive for March 2011 extends its free census access

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Due to some technical problems, is extending its free access to the censuses until midnight on Monday 28th March (UK time). (See this post for previous information.)

Follow Friday: Scottish 1911 Census arriving on 5th April

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The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census for Scotland will be released on Tuesday 5 April 2011. This will be available at ScotlandsPeople.

This census details information collected from more than 4.7 million Scots and the records will include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census data will be presented in full colour rather than black and white.

Unlike in England and Wales, the individual household schedules for the Scottish 1911 census have been destroyed so it will not be possible to view these. Instead the enumeration books have been digitised, similar to that for the 1901 census, except that the entries for each person go across a double page. This includes the 'fertility' questions for married women, that is years married, number of children and how many were still alive.

Payment will be by pay-per-view credits - there is no plan to introduce subscriptions. It will cost 1 credit to view an index entry for the 1911 census. An image will cost 5 credits. If you live in Scotland, you'll be able to obtain credits at a reduced price from your local library. There is a little publicised Scotlands People Voucher Scheme which allows public libraries to sell discounted vouchers directly to the public for non-commercial use. You have to visit the library in person.

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Thrifty Thursday: Free census access at Ancestry on 27th March

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To view the original pages for England and Wales you'll need to select one of their membership options or pay-as-you-go. However, Ancestry do offer a 14 day free trial so you could always choose that option first.

[Why Thrifty Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

More records from Ireland at Ancestry

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Ancestry have expanded their Irish collections:

Griffiths Valuation,1848-1864
UPDATED - One of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical resources for Ireland, this collection of over 2.5 million records offers a snapshot of ancestors who rented land or property throughout Ireland in the 1850s.

Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837
UPDATED - In 1823 a law was enacted requiring all land holders to pay a tax or "tithe" to the Church of Ireland, regardless of their religious affiliation. With details like tithe payer, acreage of their land and amount of their tithe, these records in effect provide a census of pre-famine Ireland.

Lawrence Collection of Photographs, 1870-1910
NEW - This collection of 20,000 images showcases the length and breadth of Ireland through the eyes of William Lawrence's photography studio in Dublin.

Ordnance Survey Maps, 1824-1846
NEW - Almost 2,000 incredibly detailed six-inch-to-the-mile maps of almost the whole of Ireland were produced before and during the Great Famine and take you practically to the spot where your ancestor lived and worked. latest additions

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You can now search 60,523 Bank of England Wills Extracts covering the period 1717-1845 on

They've also published 54,722 new Lincolnshire parish marriage records spanning the period 1700 to 1837 which cover a total of 139 parishes. View the full list of parishes here.

Search for your Yorkshire ancestors in 40,029 new baptism, marriage and burial records. New parishes covered are:

Warmfield St Peters
Ossett Holy Trinity
Sandal St Helens
Alverthorpe St Pauls
Royston St Johns
Wrenthorpe Chapel
St John & St Michaels
Horbury St Peters
Wakefield All Saints
Flockton St James recent additions

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The London Illustrated News has started to release The London Illustrated News for Diamond subscribers. They have added 6 months' worth of the weekly newspaper from 1890 to the site so far with more to follow. They are bookmarked by article and are easily searchable, containing many announcements of Births, Marriages, Deaths, Obituaries, Wills & Bequests.

Birth Transcripts 1973-2005 have now added over 7.6 million birth transcripts, bringing the total number of birth records to over 28 million. They've added these records to a new tool that lets you search across all their Birth, Marriage and Death transcripts with built in SmartSearch technology, automatically showing partner's full name where available, and enabling you to find potential parents from a birth, potential children to a marriage and potential birth records from a death record.