Record search for Welsh 1911 census now on Ancestry


Finally, movement on getting full Ancestry search facilities on the 1911 census. From today the records for Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Islands can be searched in the usual way, not via a convoluted poke through the summary books, which only show head of household in abbreviated form.

Waiting so long, the hope was that the transcription quality would be better than with Find My Past. I’ve only located one record so far, and was slowed down in finding this by David Aubrey Morgan’s middle name being transcribed as Autrey, but it’s not an unreasonable interpretation of the handwriting. And niece Eveline Maud becoming Eveline Hand similarly. What is more surprising is the address, which appears to say Maddon Street, has been correctly interpreted as Maddox Street. As the poor quality of address transcription on Find My Past undermines their much vaunted address search feature, this looks promising.

As usual, Family Tree Maker doesn’t properly recognise this new record set yet. It seems to take a few days for systems to catch up.

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