I'm preparing for the release during 2022 of the UK 1921 census records (England & Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). [Note: there was no census taken of Northern Ireland in 1921, nor of Ireland, which was outside the United Kingdom by then].

The censuses for England & Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will be made available via FindMyPast; and for Scotland via ScotlandsPeople.

I'm looking for example (blank) forms for the census for each relevant locale, and the guidance for completing them.

I've found an example of the English form archived at TNA but have had no luck with Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. (I can find details for most of these of extra questions, but not the layout of the form, not the guidance for completing it).

Where can I find the example forms and guidance that I need? (a Google search including 'census 1921' and each locale has not yielded anything useful.

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The census forms and instructions for the 1921 census of England, Wales, and the islands can be found at Online Historical Population Reports (www.histpop.org).

Navigate to TNA Census - Other > 1921

There you will find three documents:

  • Census of England, Wales and Islands in the British Seas, 1921 (this it the one that contains the instructions and census forms)
  • Documents relating to the preparation of the 1921 census
  • Documents relating to 1921 census statistics

You will also find the 1931 census instructions and forms on this website, although we will never see these for our ancestors as they were destroyed.

Note that the histpop website is sometimes a bit temperamental, and has been so for years. Don't worry if you get a "too busy" error — just come back later.

  • Excellent for England Wales and the Islands. Scotland is still elusive...
    – user6485
    Dec 12, 2021 at 15:58
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    There is a mirror site for Histpop on www2.histpop.org/ohpr/servlet/Show?page=Home - I think I read that not everything had been copied into this mirror universe but I did at least find the 1921 Welsh forms (in both languages) as a check. At any rate, it should be worth looking if (as usual) Histpop (the original) is having an off-day.
    – AdrianB38
    Dec 12, 2021 at 19:24

There are a couple of examples of Scottish household schedules in the English 1921 census, where the families were visiting England and handed them to the enumerator there. You won't see any on ScotlandsPeople when the Scottish 1921 census is released, because the schedules weren't kept, the details were written up in enumeration books, as in 1911. There are also samples of Scottish vessels schedules. More details under 'Scotland and the 1921 Census' among the background information on Findmypast - you need to scroll a long way down on the Advanced Search page to find it https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-records/1921-census-of-england-and-wales

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    This is useful as well as interesting!
    – user6485
    Feb 1, 2022 at 20:03

Here’s some information on completing the 1921 Scottish census taken from contemporaneous newspaper articles:


You could try contacting ScotlandsPeople and asking them if they have a blank form, and the enumerators’ guidance, for the 1921 census. There is a “contact us” option at the bottom of their homepage:


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    ScotlandsPeople: We don't have an example of a 1921 census page and associated enumerators guidance available online at this time I'm afraid.
    – user6485
    Dec 14, 2021 at 15:05
  • You can download a set of sample schedules and instructions for England & Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and military/naval overseas from The National Archives site - document ref is RG 27/9. It's a very large file, but it's free discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C3716641 Feb 1, 2022 at 2:11

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