Firstly I’d like to say that we’re very sorry for the difficulties some people have had this morning trying to access the free indexes. I’m pleased to say that we have now resolved the technical issues which caused this. This was a result of problems with some of our servers (although not all), which explains why some people were experiencing the problems and some not.
You should now all be able to view all our UK census indexes for free. You will still need to register for a free account to view the transcriptions (just a name and email address is required) and if you would like to see the actual handwritten record you will either need to take a 14 day free trial or a paid membership. Unfortunately we do not have the record images for Scotland but we have more detailed indexes for the Scottish censuses so that you can still see the addresses and occupations of your Scottish ancestors.
The transcriptions for all census years contain some very useful information so you should be able to discover a lot about your ancestors, just by using indexes and without needing to look at the actual handwritten records.
Once again, we are really very sorry for the inconvenience and frustration the technical problems have caused so we’re going to extend the free period until the end of the day on Monday 28th (UK time). All our UK census indexes will therefore be free to view until midnight on Monday night. I hope that this gives you plenty of extra time to search and that after the problems this morning you manage to make some fantastic discoveries this afternoon, evening and tomorrow.