Nineteen hundred and eleven was a banner year on the Isle of Man.

Douglas celebrated its jubilee as a municipality, the first plane took off from Manx shores and the first “Tourist Trophy” motorcycle race roared across Snaefell Mountain.

Now the 1911 Census for England, Wales and the Isle of Man is available online — a boon to genealogists and all those interested in British and Manx history.

Work has been under way on census digitization for two years. Eight million paper returns have been transcribed and scanned to create 16 million digital images.

This census is available at Read more about the project from Rachael Bruce on