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1911 census reveals potential abduction ›

18 January, 2012

Maureen Selley, chairman of Devon Family History Society, got in touch with us about this intriguing discovery in a 1911 census return. Is there a simple explanation, or does the record tell a more scandalous tale? Read on for Maureen’s story… News of the release of the infirmity column of the 1911 census came at just the right time, while… Read more ›

Harper Beckham: traditionally a male name ›

12 July, 2011

The newest addition to the Beckham clan, Harper Seven Beckham, was born yesterday to much speculation about the inspiration behind the little girl’s name. Findmypast.co.uk has searched through the 1911 census and can reveal that baby Beckham is not the first to have been given the name Harper, though most people with this name 100 years ago were male. We’ve found… Read more ›

Real-life Harry Potter found in the 1911 census ›

7 July, 2011

Today sees the world premiere of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part two). It’s therefore very apt that this should also be the day that findmypast.co.uk discovers a wizard in the 1911 census! John Watkins Holden had been born in Worcester but was lodging at a house in Bournemouth at the time of the… Read more ›

Adolf Hitler’s half brother in our 1911 census records ›

26 May, 2011

We’ve unearthed Adolf Hitler’s half brother in our 1911 census records and his census return makes for fascinating reading. Alois Hitler Jr had a troubled childhood and is said to have had a rocky relationship with his parents. In 1910 he met Bridget Elizabeth Dowling in Dublin. Alois and Bridget eloped to London and married in June 1910. Alois’ 1911… Read more ›

Homeless men recorded in 1911 census ›

2 November, 2010

We’ve made a fascinating discovery in the 1911 census which shows that you didn’t have to be living in a house on census night to be recorded. This census return details 10 homeless men ‘found in open air’ on census night. The men’s ages range from 23 to 62 and all were employed; their professions include cigar maker, farm labourer… Read more ›