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What's included in a 1921 Census image?

A record image from the 1921 Census of England and Wales is a digital picture of an original census return. It is the closest you can get to the original document. You’ll be able to see the full form as filled in by your ancestor. 

When you click through to view an image for a record of interest, for a typical household schedule you will be able to see the following set of images: 

  • The back of the household schedule, showing details of household members, as completed and signed by the householder 
  • The front of the household schedule, showing the address, as completed by the enumerator, and printed instructions on how to fill in the form 
  • The front cover of the volume into which the household schedule was bound, giving geographical information about the area in which the household was situated 
  • description of the Enumeration District in which the household was situated, often in the form of an enumerator’s walking route around the streets in the district. 
  • map of the Registration District in which the household was situated (often two images of the same map, one with an attachment lowered and one with it lifted) 

Use the filmstrip and Extra Materials to navigate to these images.


Note that maps are only available for England and Wales; not for Channel Islands or Isle of Man. 

When you click through, you will land on the first image of those listed above – the back of the household schedule. To see any of the other images, click on Extra Materials

Also within the filmstrip is a transcripts button, from here you can access the transcripts for all the people in the image you are viewing. 

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