Posted by on 21 March 2011 in Record Collections

Free censu access

Get ready! To mark Census Day 2011, we’re letting you access all our UK census record indexes, from England, Wales and Scotland, completely FREE, for 24 hours!

27th March will be a historic day, as we all come together to complete the 2011 National Census. While you’re filling in details of your age, birthplace and relationships, you can use our FREE indexes to look back at your ancestors who did exactly the same thing every ten years, right back to 1841. You can then view the original historical records by taking our 14 day Free Trial.

If you’ve just started tracing your family tree, census records are the perfect first step. They list everybody in each household all over the country, together with crucial details such as their ages and birthplaces. So, you can quickly and easily collect names and dates for several generations.

Even if you’ve pieced together much of your family’s story, censuses can help you fill in those frustrating gaps. You might find a mysterious great-aunt listed with a birthplace abroad, so you’ll need to check passenger lists to see when she arrived. Or maybe a disappearing great-uncle will turn up with a brand new family in another part of the country!

The new census section on our site gives you some tips to help you search our census records.

Plus, keep checking this blog all week  for a number of articles dedicated to censuses, past and present.

Make sure you log in on 27th March for your FREE access. In the meantime, why not start a FREE family tree at our site? As you add your best guesses of dates and places for your ancestors, we’ll automatically search for them in our records, and give you some handy Hints to get you started on Census Day.

About Kelly

Kelly Godfrey is Senior Manager, Digital Marketing for Based in Ancestry's London office in Hammersmith, Kelly regularly tweets and posts on Ancestry's Facebook page as well as here on the blog.


Paul Howes 

Hate to be Mr Grinch, but it’s only 23 hours access, because UK clocks go forward one hour that same day!

22 March 2011 at 1:03 am
Anita Payne 

What time/day will that be in Australia? Can anyone tell me.

22 March 2011 at 11:02 am
Mark Taylor 

11pm Sydney time 26 March??? to 10.00pm 27 March

24 March 2011 at 2:46 am
Mark Taylor 

Make that 11.00 AM Sydney time 27 March to 10 AM 28 March

24 March 2011 at 2:47 am 

Sorry for delayed response on this, to be honest we hadn’t thought about the clocks going forward when writing this post! To stay true to our word we have made it a full 24 hours, so will be:

From 00.00 (midnight) GMT 27th March
To 01.00 BST 28th March

If you want to work out what this will be in local times then this site has a useful time zone converter

24 March 2011 at 2:44 pm

Im very proud to be a census collector for 2011 and anyone who doesnt want to fill their form in, I shall remind them that their ancestors may be looking for them in 100 years time, as we are looking for ours now!

25 March 2011 at 7:29 pm

I’m trying to view records and can’t. How do I access for free?

27 March 2011 at 9:55 am
Sheila Khan 

Only able to view transcription not images ;-(

27 March 2011 at 3:50 pm