1911Census.co.uk, which at present is the only source for viewing the 1911 census, is making the census available on a subscription basis on its sister website, http://www.findmypast.com from 21st October 2009. The final records were completed in June 2009 and from October we will be able to search the records “at your leisure”, as they put it, at findmypast.

Findmypast will offer a free search facility, but to view original pages you’ll need to take out a subscription. Whether having to spend a great deal of money in order to see public records which used to be free can be described as “leisure” is debatable: it pushes my blood pressure right up even thinking about it. That’s not what usually happens when I’m “at my leisure”.

Anyway, if you’re already a subscriber to www.1911Census.co.uk your sign-in details will work at findmypast and you can spend any unused 1911Census credits on findmypast too. 1911Census will still work on a pay-as-you-go basis.  Details of the various subscription packages and prices are at Findmypast.com.  Keep calm, and don’t blame me for your soaring blood pressure: I’m just the messenger.