1931 England and Wales Census to be ‘free and online in 2015’

The British Archives has announced that the 1931 Census of England and Wales will be online and available for free in 2015.

Thank you for all the readers and comments –  yes, this was my 2014 April Fool’s Day post

The British Archives have announced that the England and Wales Census from 1931 is to be made available online for free and available earlier than its predecessors.

This has come as a great surprise to me, as I thought we were lucky to get to see some of the 1911 census before 2011 arrived, but in this surprise move, we’re going to see one of the most anticipated data sets here in England and Wales.

Access to the 1931 census, which records the population of Great Britain on the 26th April, will be a real treat for genealogists. It has widely believed to be one of the least likely censuses to be made available freely online.

The TBA Head of Digitalization, Ivana Pranker, confirmed that ‘the scanning process was completed in their warehouse in Hayes, in secret, back in August’ and that a dedicated team have been sanity checking it, and the indexing of the scanned records.

‘We expect that the whole census will be available to the public in 2015’.

The 1931 census sees the first time that ‘place of usual residence’ was asked – a piece of information that will allow family historians the means of deciphering where those mystery census night visitors actually lived.

Find out more about the 1931 Census of England and Wales, and read the full Press Release from TBA.


Author: Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is a British author, family historian, tech nerd, AFOL, and host of The Family Histories Podcast.

7 thoughts on “1931 England and Wales Census to be ‘free and online in 2015’”

      1. No, it wasn’t, not in 1931. It was burnt in a fire caused by a bomb that landed nearby in World War II. There has been suggestions that some of it did survive but they’ve generally been discounted. Same as most of the WWI service records were destroyed during a fire in WWII because officials didn’t think they were worth saving!!!!

        Since there’s no 1941 census the next best option may be the 1939 National Registration.

        I’m waiting for the 1951 census.


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