Search details of ancestors

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SOUTH Yorkshire families can search for details of their relatives from a century ago – with the online launch of the census from 1911.

The census contains the actual forms people’s ancestors filled in, complete with their handwriting and signatures.

Other information given, not available on earlier censuses, includes number of years people had been married and number of children born to a marriage – crucial for family history research.

The census includes all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels. But if people are unable to find a female ancestor, it was because several thousand women boycotted the census.

The Ancestry website can be accessed free of charge on any library computer.