1921 census available for free at Solihull libraries


Solihull residents can access the 1921 census for free across all Solihull libraries from Tuesday 1 November 2022.

Taken on the night of 19 June 1921, the census contains information on close to 38 million people from 8.5 million households in England and Wales.

The original records, held at the National Archives, had been kept confidential for a century, until January this year when public access was granted through the subscription-based, online genealogy service, Find My Past. Access has now been extended and members of the public can view the census at any library in the borough, for free.

Residents who are not already library members can sign up at their local library for free – only proof of name and address are required. Solihull Libraries cardholders are entitled to three hours free PC use per day, which includes full access to the 1921 census. Those planning to use their own laptops or mobile devices can connect to the free library Wi-Fi and likewise have unlimited access to the census.

Cllr. Diane Howell, Cabinet Member for Communities & Leisure said:

“We are delighted to now be able to welcome people into libraries across the borough to access the 1921 census, free of charge.

“This exciting opportunity provides a fascinating insight into life over a hundred years ago, allowing people to step back in time and find out about the lives of their ancestors.

“I hope residents will not only take advantage of this great opportunity but also make the most of the excellent facilities and other research opportunities on offer at our libraries.”

Inspired by access to the census, Solihull Libraries are looking to host some free beginner’s family history sessions this autumn and winter. To be amongst the first to hear of any opportunities, sign up to the Local History & Heritage Stay Connected bulletin.