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1911 census return. Catalogue reference: RG 14/982

22 January

The National Archives has won an e-Government National Award for the online 1911 census service.

The National Archives won an award in the category 'Central e-government excellence: Take-up and usage growth', at a ceremony held on 20 January at the Guildhall, London.

The 1911 census project involved digitising more than two kilometres of paper census returns containing information collected from 36 million people living in England and Wales in April 1911. It is the most comprehensive census ever to be opened to the public, one of the most ambitious digitisation projects ever undertaken, and was made possible through a partnership between The National Archives and findmypast.co.uk.

The online census, which received 24 million searches in the first month after its launch, remains extremely popular with audiences across the world.