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Is there any way I can view the 1921 Census for free?

Anyone can view the digital images of the 1921 Census of England and Wales for free on the premises at The National Archives at Kew. The original paper census returns are not available in the reading rooms. The paper records will be kept secure by The National Archives at their offsite storage facility and readers at the National Archives at Kew will be directed to the digital version. This is to ensure the preservation of the paper records for years to come.

In addition, the 1921 Census is free to view via Findmypast at the Manchester Central Library, on St Peter’s Square, Manchester, supported by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society helpdesk and the Archives+ Team, and at the National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth. 

For anyone accessing elsewhere, it is free to search the 1921 Census on Findmypast. Record images or transcriptions are accessible on a pay-per-view basis using Findmypast micropayments. 


What about access in other libraries? 

The 1921 Census is not immediately available within any subscription, including via libraries. It is only available via pay-per-view access for the initial period. Library patrons are still able to purchase 1921 Census returns like any other user via a personal account. They are not able to do this within library accounts. This is to ensure that credit card details cannot be shared or compromised when using public computers.

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