The 1921 Census for England and Wales is here

The National Archives announced on the 6 January 2022 that they have published the 1921 Census for England and Wales online with their partners Findmypast.

Visitors to The National Archives in Kew will be able to view the 1921 Census online for free, via the Findmypast website, as will visitors to two regional hubs at Manchester Central Library and the National Library of Wales. Access at the Manchester Central Library will be supported by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society helpdesk and the Archives+ Team ( More details can be found in our census information portal.

Suggested Reading

LostCousins 6 January 2022 Newsletter ‘1921 Census Special Edition‘.

Society Talk: Introducing the 1921 Census for England and Wales

Join Myko Clelland of Findmypast for an unmissable exploration of the biggest new arrival in family history on Saturday 22 January


Family History Federation – the REALLY USEFUL PODCAST

“The Family History Federation is very pleased to announce the launch of its brand-new podcast series. The Really Useful Podcast, hosted by Joe Saunders, brings together speakers from across the family history world including professional researchers, enthusiasts, authors, lecturers and people involved with family history societies.

These conversations between old friends and new acquaintances have our guests sharing their thoughts on a wide range of topics relating to family history. Once they got talking, it was difficult to stop them!

The Federation is now sharing their mixture of tips and conversation with everyone, free of charge.

The podcasts are accessible at: The episodes are being released at the end of each month, beginning with September’s which has recently been launched.

The full schedule of episodes:

  • Occupations – September 2021 [available now]
  • Identity – October 2021
  • Young People – November 2021
  • Online Events – December 2021
  • Social Media – January 2022
  • One-Place Studies – February 2022
  • Newspapers – March 2022″

GRO Extend Birth Indexes to 1934

Peter Calver, Founder of LostCousins reports in his 26th December 2020 Newsletter:

“At this time of year it’s usual for the GRO to add an extra year to their online index of births for England & Wales, so I was expecting 1920 to be added (now that the entries are 100 years old). But in fact they added all of the remaining entries from the registers that have been scanned and indexed, taking them up to 1934.

If you have used the birth index for 1984-2019 (see this newsletter article for more details) you’ll know that maiden names aren’t displayed in the search results, other than the name you specify – presumably to comply with Data Protection. It’s the same for the period 1921-1934.

However, as the original quarterly indexes for this period included the Mother’s Maiden Name it’s not a major problem – the main reason you’d want to use the GRO indexes after 1920 is to find out the full middle names of your relatives, information that isn’t shown in the quarterly indexes.”