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


BREAKING NEWS: The 1921 census is coming

Launch date: 6 January 2022

The countdown to the release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales has begun. Was your grandmother one of the first female racing drivers? Or your grandfather one of the last mole-catchers? Soon, you can find out where they were and what they were doing in the summer of 1921.

Find out more about what to expect from the 1921 Census of England and Wales by visiting the findmypast website.

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″

AGM 2021

Nominations for members wishing to serve as an Officer or Member of the Executive Committee should be made in writing, on a Nomination Form obtainable from the Secretary, Ron Pullan and signed by the proposer, a seconder and the nominee. The Nomination Form is also available on the ‘Downloads’ page of the Members’ area of our website.

The Nomination Form should be submitted to the Secretary to arrive no later than 14 days before the AGM.

AGM Papers
The Agenda, Minutes of the previous AGM, the Financial Statement and the Society’s Constitution are available on the ‘Downloads’ page of the Members’ area of our website.

Members wishing to receive a paper copy should write to the Secretary , see inside cover of the Kinsman for the address, enclosing an SAE requesting it to be sent to them by post. You should apply before June 3 2021 but will not receive it until that date.


Members who have registered for previous meetings by Zoom will be sent the joining instructions for the AGM. Other members wishing to register should email,  the Secretary, Ron Pullan or the Chairman Chris Welch via the Society’s Contact Us page.

Society’s Website
If you have not registered to access the Members’ area of our website, please email the Membership Secretary via the Society’s Contact Us page.

Census 2021 is coming

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021 in England and Wales.

All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.”

Visit the Census 2021 website

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.”

Free Access to Death Records for Halloween

“Death records provide a valuable glimpse into the past. This Halloween, from October 29 until November 2, MyHeritage is giving free and unlimited access to all death, burial, cemetery and obituary records.

Unlock the secrets and solve the mysteries in your family’s history through the use of death records, tombstones, and obituaries, and paint a more colorful picture of the lives of deceased family members”

Learn more

An Update on Plans for Census 2021

“It is now just under six months until the Census in England and Wales takes place on 21st March 2021.

In the light of Covid-19, we have refined our plans to ensure that everyone can provide their information safely and securely. As we continue to deliver our plans with contingencies in place, we are now in a strong position and are confident of delivering an outstanding Census in 2021.

On 1 October 2020, we published a blog from the Deputy National Statistician, Iain Bell, three articles and a summary overview on our preparations for Census 2021. The three articles are:

We will continue to monitor and refine our plans as guidance changes over the coming months to ensure we run a successful, safe and secure Census in 2021.” Source: Office for National Statistics – England and Wales