I have been researching my family tree since my paternal grandfather died in 1976. Whilst researching my mother's ancestry I started recording every instance of her maternal grandmother's name FARMERY and so my one-name study was born! I now record every instance of the name I find all over the world, and my database currently contains over 51,600 name events. I am constructing family trees for each family group and try to put distant cousins in touch!

My study covers the FARMERY surname and known variants such as FARMEARY, FARMEREY, FARMARY and FARMERIE, as well as instances of the name being used as a forename rather than surname.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

1911 Census Household Images

I spent yesterday at the National Archives in Kew where you can access the 1911 census (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) website and see the household images at no charge, printing out individual images for just 20p each. I was able to print out every FARMERY household for the whole country apart from the counties (Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire East and North Ridings) not yet available. I would estimate that I came away with perhaps 200 A3 photocopies!
Even allowing for the petrol to Kew and back, this was very cost effective compared to viewing the images on line at home which needs 10 credits to view the transcript or 30 credits to view the actual image - the minimum number of credits that can be purchased is 60 for £6.95 (or 12p per credit) making a single image £3.50; even buying 600 credits for £49.95 (8p per credit) makes a single image £2.40. There is no charge to see the online index.

The 1911 census has been released 3 years early as it was not set up under the usual 100 year restriction. The whole of the household image can be seen apart from the final "infirmity" column which will be hidden until 2012. For the first time each household is on a single page and the image is of the schedule actually completed by the householder rather than as told to and written by the enumerator; the only downside of this is where the handwriting is not easy to read (not that every enumerator in earlier censuses had copperplate writing!) Extra information for this census includes how many years a couple have been married and the total number of children from the marriage, indicating the number still living and predeceased. Each household schedule is signed by the person, usually the head of household, filling in the form.

Now I just need to add these 700+ individuals to the database ....

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