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1911 finally arrives to subscribers …

The 1911 Census was finally made available as a subscription option today, via FindMyPast.com, but being an existing Explorer subscriber, I have had the benefit at a discounted rate for about a week now as a “top-up” to my subscription.

I must say that if you are at all in two minds as to whether you subscribe, and you have anything other than a small quantity of records to check out, just do it. At a cost of £39.95 for 6 months’ full access to the 1911 alone (or £59.95 for 12 months), it would not take long to reach this cost if you were only to use PayAsYouGo credits via 1911census.co.uk, which until now has been the only method to access the census online.

I have already gained the benefit – the census highlighted that I had entered the wrong person for one of my mother’s uncles. Both born the same year (1907) in the same district (Medway), but had different middle names. The 1911 census showed the correct middle name, which allowed me to determine the correct details.

The census has also, of course, enabled me to determine extra children/siblings born between 1901 and 1911, who would not (obviously) have appeared on the 1901 census. In addition you can of course see your ancestor’s own handwriting to feel that little extra personal involvement!

Published in: Genealogy | on October 21st, 2009 | No Comments »

FHEvent review – better late than never …

FHEvent, Barbican, 3rd May 2009On 3rd May 2009, I attended a family history event at the Barbican in London. It was imaginatively titled “The FHEvent”.

Smaller and more personal than WDYTYALive, it consisted mainly of family history societies and was established as a more affordable exhibition than the latter for the exhibitors. However, the presence of FindMyPast (and the 1911 Census) added an official air to this breakaway event.


The Kent FHS stallI personally found the event worthwhile, having managed to visit the Kent FHS stall and obtain some CDs and microfiche, and talk to some experts. The tour of The Society of Genealogists was very well executed and informative, and revealed what a vast array of resources are available to us as genealogists at their nearby repository.

Let’s hope it was considered worthwhile by the organisers.

I look forward to visiting the event again next year.

Published in: Genealogy | on May 9th, 2009 | No Comments »

1911 census … bring it on!

Finally, it’s up! The website for the 1911 census (http://www.1911census.co.uk) is available, and very much surprised me by having many counties available (although of course, I couldn’t say how complete!). Suffice it to say that the areas of Kent I am interested in have come up trumps – and highlighted a stupid mistake I had made regarding the birth year of my father’s auntie – who had the same name as here mother!
Unfortunately, FindMyPast.com (who run the site) are only making data available on a Pay-As-You-Go basis at the moment (although searches are free). There is no date as yet as to when we may all be able to use our subscriptions to findmypast.com to access the data for no extra charge (I’ve already contacted them!). And now I’ve used up what few credits I had left after upgrading to subscription at Xmas!
I suspect that demand may bring their plans forward. Let’s all do our bit to achieve this – although I guess flooding them with emails is not such a good idea! Demand has seen the census released early, and I suspect us subscribers will benefit further soon …
Bring it on!

Published in: Genealogy | on January 14th, 2009 | No Comments »