The 1921 Census Collection is a unique snapshot into 1920s Britain and is now available as an add-on to a subscription of Findmypast.

What is the 1921 Census?

Conducted over three years in partnership with the National Archives, the 1921 Census captures the details of over 38 million people from 8.5 million households and institutions like prisons, military bases, and workhouses. With exclusive access at Findmypast until the end of 2025, your patrons can explore the lives of their ancestors and gain insights into the history of their communities during this era.

By adding the 1921 Census to a Findmypast subscription you can provide your patrons with opportunities to uncover the lives of their ancestors,  the history of their homes and communities, as well as provide a fascinating snapshot of life during an era that will resonate with many today.

Decorative image for 1921 Census page

How can public libraries access the Census?

The 1921 Census is available as an add-on to a Findmypast subscription – it is not available on its own.  Please contact us or call +44(0) 1865 987211 for a price quote. If your library doesn’t already subscribe to Findmypast we can quote for both.

Don’t forget to explore the British Newspaper Archive, the perfect complement to Findmypast  and the Census for family history researchers, also available through JCS.


  • The 1921 Census Collection offers an unprecedented glimpse into life 100 years ago, detailing life after WW1, impact of the Spanish Flu pandemic, economic turmoil, housing crisis and major social change
  • Captures the details of 38 million individuals, from 8.5 million households providing never before seen insights into life in the 1920s
  • Records reveal the lives of both the ordinary and extraordinary, documenting everyone from war veterans, widows and orphans, working women and vagrants to prominent individuals mathematician and Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, Lord of the Rings author   J. R. R. Tolkien, Tale of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, The Royal Family and many more
  • Advanced technology allows patrons to easily find and view 1921 Census documents these can be saved online and added to Findmypast personal accounts if held.

Access options

Access to Findmypast and the 1921 Census is only available via IP Authentication.


Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available, please request them via JCS.

Promotional materials and downloads

The 1921 Census is here! – Read this blog from Findmypast introducing the census and the information and insights it brings us.

Let your patrons know about your access to the 1921 Census and Findmypast with these posters.  Download a PDF copy here:

Findmypast  A4-library-poster

Findmypast A3-library-poster