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Regional hubs to offer free online access to 1921 Census of England and Wales

News from the National Archives re 1921 Census 

Two regional hubs that will provide free online access to the 1921 Census of England and Wales from 6 January 2022.

The census will be available online via our commercial partner Findmypast and will be free to access in this way at The National Archives, in Kew.

In addition, visitors to the Manchester Central Library and the National Library of Wales will be able to access the 1921 Census of England and Wales via the Findmypast website for free following its publication next year.

Access at the Manchester Central Library, on St Peter’s Square, Manchester, will be supported by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society helpdesk and the Archives+ Team.

The publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales is the culmination of almost three years’ work by Findmypast’s highly skilled team of conservators, technicians and transcribers.

It is the largest project ever completed by The National Archives and Findmypast, consisting of more than 30,000 bound volumes of original documents stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving, as outlined in two special guest blogs exploring the vast digitisation and conservation project.

Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives, said: ‘I am pleased to announce these regional hubs for the north of England and for Wales which, along with our own hub at Kew, will offer free online access to the 1921 Census via the Findmypast website.

‘We understand the excitement and anticipation of this release and, by making the census available online, we are hugely increasing its accessibility. These hubs will offer an important alternative to those not able to log on from home. Without commercial partnerships of this kind, and the associated charges, the alternative for everyone would be to work through the papers themselves at The National Archives.

‘As with other historical census data for England and Wales, we are also hopeful that the existing I-CeM database used by many academics will be expanded to include the 1921 Census data, and we are working to facilitate this as far as we can.’

To mark the publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales, the National Archives have launched an exciting programme of events and activities, 20sPeople, connecting our lives in the 2020s with those of people living in the 1920s. The keystone of the season will be the exhibition, The 1920s: Beyond the Roar, opening on 21 January 2022.

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Latest Family History Federation podcast, Epiosde 3 - Online Events - is now available
Joe Saunders from the FHF is joined by Kelly Cornwell, Jane Hough [FHSC member] and our own Social Media and Publicity Officer Margaret Roberts
During the pandemic of 2020-1 many events in the family history world moved online and it looks as though many meetings, talks and conferences will have an online element ongoing.
The discussion centred around the excitement and variety of online family history events and how attendees and organisers can get the most out of them. A very intersting 'chat'
ScotlandsPeople website adds more maps and plans
ScotlandsPeople, the ancestry research service of the National Library of Scotland, have added over 4,000 post-war agricultural planning maps and +400 heritors’ plans
The Department of Agriculture for Scotland plans of farm boundaries and types of farming are a snapshot of Scotland from 1944-54, showing land used for farming, hill grazing, market gardening, forestry and more. The plans were created to help safeguard food production during and after World War II.
The new heritor's plans now available mostly show architectural drawings of churches and manses around Scotland.
Direct link to the Maps & Plans page 👉
Your country needs you!

Find My Past are calling for centenarians to be part of the 1921 Census launch


Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of the 1921 Census, FMP are inviting centenarians born in 1921 or before to come forward and be a part of the campaign to bring this piece of history to life. 


Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to dive into their own family history and learn the secrets of their ancestors, with the help of an expert genealogy team – capturing moments from the 1920s and assisting in the preservation of this period of time for future generations by sharing their own stories and memories.


Helen Kaye,  head of brand, content and PR for Find My Past says: :


"This is a once in a lifetime moment and what better way to celebrate than to hear from those who actually lived through this time. 

That’s why we are calling for all centenarians across England and Wales to come forward and tell us about their earliest memories. We are so excited to be able to unveil the census and to bring this project to life."


If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you. Please contact: 

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The lastest in the Family Histories Podcast series is with the author of the Moreton Farrier books - Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Nathan talks about how he lives with a real family history and a fantasy family history - as well as going on to tell the story of his 'naughty' 3x G Grandfather Silas Thomas
National Archives Events for  December
Whats on in December from the National Archives
Note: All the following online events can be booked for free but a donation can also be added 
Dec 1st 19:30 GMT
𝐀 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐚𝐧 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬
Link for more information & booking
Dec 3rd 14:00 GMT
𝐀𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐖𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐲
Link for more information & booking
Dec 8th 19:30 GMT
𝐀𝐬𝐤 𝐚 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧: 𝐈𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐠 𝐉𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
Link for more information & booking
New: The Irish Great War Dead Archive
This will be of interest to members with Irish ancestry
Tipperary Studies have launched a new website - a database of servicemen and servicewomen who died in the Great War.
There are 31,384 entries in the database, which is the work of military historian Tom Burnell.
Tom has spent almost 20 years researching the Great War dead from Ireland and some added features of Tom’s research is that he also includes contemporary press reports and death certificate information, where such was available to him.
Free Access to Military Records
Find My Past are offering all military records on the site as free to view between 11-15 November
T&Cs from the site are - 

From 11 November until 15 November  2021 we will be giving free access to our Military records collection for Remembrance Day.

To use Findmypast during a free access period, you simply need to sign up or log in if you've already got an account. Then, log in during the free period and you’ll be able to access all Military records that would normally be included in a paid subscription. For more information, including our fair usage policy, read our free access terms and conditions

Free Access to Ancestry Wartime Records*
Ancestry are offering free access to all Wartime related records UNTIL 12 NOV*
[*Free access ends 12 Nov 2021 at 11:59pm Registration required. Terms apply.}
Records include:
  • WW1 War Diaries
  • WWI Medal Cards
  • WWI British Army Service & Pension Records 
  • D-Day War Diaries & Photos
  • WWI Pension Ledgers & Index Cards
  • Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services
  • WWII Allied Prisoners of War
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty Records
  • Military Campaign Medals and Award Rolls 
Full details and T&Cs at the following link 👉
Free online talks for Disability History Month
A series of free online talks from ManMetUni: Research and Knowledge Exchange for Disability History Month
You will need to register for each talk - the dates, times, and links for each talk are set out below
Talk 1
Wed, 3 November 2021 - 18:00 – 19:30 GMT
𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬: 𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐟𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲
𝐃𝐫 𝐉𝐚𝐢𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐝𝐢 explores the experience of hearing loss, and attempts to ‘cure’ deafness in Anglo-American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. She shows that deafness was a widespread experience, and examines the evolution of hearing technologies – particularly hearing aids – as objects of desire as well as assistive technology.
Talk 2
Wed, 10 November 2021 - 18:00 – 19:30 GMT
𝐌𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐢𝐥𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫
𝐃𝐫 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐲𝐧 𝐇𝐮𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤 examines the practice of pilgrimage in Manchester and the North-West in the 18th and 19th centuries, showing how people sought miracle cures for a range of illnesses and impairments.
Talk 3
Wed, 17 November 2021 - 18:00 – 19:30 GMT
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐞
𝐃𝐫 𝐄𝐦𝐦𝐚-𝐉𝐚𝐲𝐧𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐦 uses archaeological evidence from Ancient Rome to explore disability in the classical world. She uses votives – models of the human body made as offerings to the gods – to ask what it was like to have a physical impairment in Roman Italy. This is a joint paper with the Manchester Classical Association and Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage.
Talk 4
Wed, 24 November 2021 - 18:00 – 19:30 GMT
𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝟏𝟕𝟓𝟎-𝟏𝟗𝟎𝟎
𝐃𝐫 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐭 traces the little-known lives of people with learning disabilities from the communities of eighteenth-century England to the nineteenth-century asylum and care in today’s society. Using evidence from civil and criminal court-rooms, joke books, slang dictionaries, novels, art and caricature, this talk brings into sharp focus the lives of people often seen as the most marginalized in society.