Now, we’d normally have to wait a while longer for the release of a census but not so this time. You see, any particular census (which itself is taken every 10 years) is normally not released until a further 100 years have elapsed, so this one, the 1911 version should have been released in 2012 or thereabouts.
The thing that really makes this one very different to earlier census records, is that not only will your ancestor’s handwriting be in evidence (and that’s a really great “touchstone” event), but it also details family arrivals and sadly, departures that have taken place in the intervening years.
If you want to check it out, you can do online here. A basic online search is free, but as with most things, any detailed information on particular members will cost you “credits”-see the website for details. If you’re in the UK and you can get to Kew in London, it’s available at The National Archives for free, but to ensure fair access to all, you are understandably restricted to a one hour review period per visit.
As to the future, if pay per click is not your thing, the 1911 census will undoubtedly feature at some point on one of the more popular subscription bases sites.