The 1911 census of Engalnd and Wales goes online ahead of schedule.
British census records are usually closed to the public for 100 years after the census was taken. The 1911 schedules were released early due to high demand, though some sensitive details about infirmities (such as “deaf” and “lunatic”) and the children of women prisoners will be obscured until January 2012. Scotland residents were included in the 1911 census, but the Scottish government opted to release its records on schedule.
The available census records include 36 million individuals living in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as those aboard naval and merchant vessels at sea and in foreign ports. 1911 is also the first British census to include full details of British army personnel and their families stationed overseas. Schedules (see an example above) show each person’s name, age, place of birth, marital status, occupation and relationship to the head of the household. Record images are in color, scanned from the original census returns.
1911census.co.uk also has enumerators’ summary books, which contain details of all the properties in the country at the time.
You can search the 1911 census index by name, place, birth date and address, then purchase credits redeemable for viewing a transcription of the record (10 credits), or the record itself (30 credits). Sixty credits cost about $10.
From the November 2009 Family Tree Magazine