Census UK help and FAQ

FAQ and help with census of the United Kingdom

Ancestry Message Boards with help for United Kingdom census


The census was taken on the following dates:--

10 March 1801 - No longer exists, with a few exceptions
27 May 1811 - No longer exists, with a few exceptions
28 May 1821 - No longer exists, with a few exceptions
30 May 1831 - No longer exists, with a few exceptions
a very few draft copies listing heads of households survive in some Parish Chests mostly at county record offices

7 June 1841 - Ancestry.co.uk - UK Census Collection - FreeCEN - Cornwall, Warwickshire Scotland - familyhistoryonline.net pay per view
Few local indexes exist - see GENUKI county pages thegenealogist.co.uk/ - pay per view
British Origins� 1841 census records:-

can now be searched on from the counties of: Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire includes Bristol and suburbs, Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, Monmouthshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

Cornwall Online Census Project, 1841 Enumerator's Instructions
A census was taken to record those living in a household at midnight on a Sunday
and examples of information contained in an 1841 or an 1851 census by Rod Neep.

30 March 1851 Ancestry.co.uk - UK Census Collection FreeCEN - Cornwall Scotland - Shropshire familyhistoryonline.net
Many local indexes exist - see GENUKI county pages thegenealogist.co.uk/ - pay per view
- familyhistoryonline.net pay per view
SN 1316 the pioneering 2% sample project is on ancestry.com and ancestry.co.uk

7 April 1861 Online at ancestry.com and ancestry.co.uk -
1837online pay per view �including address search
- FreeCEN - England Scotland
thegenealogist.co.uk/ - pay per view - familyhistoryonline.net pay per view
Few local indexes exist - see GENUKI county pages - missing pieces

2 April 1871
Online at ancestry.com and ancestry.co.uk -
FreeCEN - England Scotland Wales
Few local indexes exist - see GENUKI county pages - familyhistoryonline.net pay per view
thegenealogist.co.uk/ - pay per view

England & Wales Census British OriginsCounties: Devon, Glamorgan, London-Kent, London-Middlesex, Middlesex (ex Metro), London-Surrey, Surrey (ex Metro) and Wiltshire.
A full index to and digitised images of the original 1871 Census records for the above counties. Further counties will be added on a regular basis. Users with access to CDs of the original records can use this index alongside the CDs.

3 April 1881 England and Wales index online at www.familysearch.org - with Scotland on CD set
free index online at ancestry.com and ancestry.co.uk - pay for images - use Keyword(s) field for address and / or occupation searches - familyhistoryonline.net pay per view

the classification of occupations in 1881 and The Census Enumerators' Books as classroom based projects.

5 April 1891 Online at ancestry.com and ancestry.co.uk - 1837online pay per view - including address search - FreeCEN - England Wales
Few local indexes exist - see GENUKI county pages - familyhistoryonline.net pay per view
thegenealogist.co.uk/ - pay per view

31 March 1901 Online from TNA pay per view�including adresses and occupations - familyhistoryonline.net pay per view
1901 England at Ancestry Ancestry.co.uk - 1901 Wales Census - thegenealogist.co.uk/ - pay per view

All ancestry.co.uk census - 12 or 3 month subscription or pay per view

on-line records compiled by Family History Societies
- pay per view

Local record offices and central libraries hold copies of the 1901 census and more on microform for their local area.
Please note some of these organisations require you to book in advance so calling before a visit is advisable.
GENUKI: UK and Ireland Topics - Archives and Libraries

Family History Centers in UK and world wide are branch facilities of the Family History Library
in Salt Lake City.and may have ancestry.com or film.
Their online catalogue has recently been updated
Try Place search first to find indexes and to obtain film or fiche numbers about 5 or 6 layers down,
click view film notes button,
and use For a printable version of this record click here then click your browser's Print button.

First try for Census returns for parish, 1841-1891 in Place Search

Great Britain. Census Office as an Author search gives :-
Numbers 1-50 of 14464 titles by this author. --
!! more advice on this would be welcome please !!

Society of Genealogists has many resources for census and parish registers with excellent finding aids

Family Records Centre (FRC) London - on the first floor the National Archives holds the open census returns for the whole of England and Wales and 1891 1881 1871 free access in asociation with Ancestry - pay for print outs.(also at Kew)
with a substantial collection of finding aids

Familia - Family History Resources in public libraries in Britain

United Kingdom Census Records - links at Census Finder dot com

TNA help page for their searchable databases
The 1901 Census for England and Wales is ideal for researching your family tree
and you can also discover your house history by using the Place Search
and the 1901 census is included in the Ancestry U.K. Census Collection: too

Boards > Topics > Ancestry.com > United Kingdom and Ireland is a feedback message board for ancestry.co.uk
I and others post queries and global errors here eg:-
This name is not currently searchable : Hugh Watkins -- 16 Feb 2005
Re: This name is not currently searchable : L. Brown -- 24 Feb 2005

Do read all postings by Author: L. Brown and Author: Brian Edwards who are managers at MyFamily.com, Inc.
and use View Messages Listed By: Date (expanded) to get the latest news.

GENUKI Wales - GENUKI England - GENUKI Scotland


GENUKI Scotland census - Scotland's People
Scottish Census returns for 1841 - 1861 are currently being indexed

General Register Office for Scotland in Edinburgh - what a brilliant service! by Roy Stockdill


Scotland Census1841online
Scotland Census1851online
Scotland Census1861online
Scotland Census1871online
Scotland Census1881

online�(transcription without images)

Scotland Census1891online
Scotland Census1901online

Scotland's People

Ancestry has begun Scotland with Ancestry.co.uk - Search 1841 Scotland Census

IRELAND - Ireland; Multi-nation; Northern Ireland STATISTICS 1881 to 1971 SN 3542 -Database of Irish Historical Statistics :

Genealogical Information UK and Ireland and the British Isles
organised by historic administrative boundaries

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI),
the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland.
PRONI has microfilm of 1901 census
Information about the administration in Northern Ireland.
1911 for Northern Ireland has the same closure for as for England and Wales
The National Archives of Ireland (Bishop Street, Dublin) hold the original census returns for all 32 counties both 1901 and 1911 are open and original fragments of the 19th century census returns.
Note the 1911 census of the six counties that became Northern Ireland are not available in PRONI.
Surviving Irish Census Material

The first successfully completed census of Ireland took place in 1821. Unfortunately it,
and almost all the census returns after that up until 1891, were destroyed, either by government order during the First World War or were lost in the destruction of the
Public Record Office in Dublin, in 1922.
A few remnants remain of the 1821 to 1851 censuses, but 1901 is the earliest and most complete census of Ireland that survives. Old age pension records preserve some of the information from the 1841 and 1851 census
The National Archives of Ireland - Chartlann Naisunta na hEireann.

about irish genealogy and census returns

No manuscript returns survive for 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. There are some returns for 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 covering parts of counties Antrim, Cavan, Cork, Fermanagh, Galway, King's Co. (Offaly), Londonderry (Derry), Meath and Waterford, and there is a list of names of heads of household in the returns of 1851 for Belfast City and Dublin City (see the list of 19th century census returns in the Reading Room or consult The 1851 Dublin City Census, Chart's Index of Heads of Household CD-ROM compiled and edited by Se�n Magee, Eneclann, 2001).

There are also census search forms for each county giving the results of searches made in the returns of 1841 and 1851 for pension purposes (see the separate list for each county available in the Reading Room), and some other copies made from the returns of 1821-1851 (see the list of 19th century census returns - miscellaneous copies and certified copies available in the Reading Room). Indexes on paper listed at the above url
The 1901 census of Leitrim and Roscommon is available on the web through the Leitrim-Roscommon genealogy site.
Now complete for Roscommon and Leitrim and the other counties are partly on-line.
their bulletin board
Griffiths Valuation of Galway, Leitrim, Limerick and Roscommon.
Griffith's Primary Valuation RootsWeb
the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union Sir Richard Griffith and help from FamilyTreeMaker Online and Search
Ireland Householder's Index, County Antrim - Ancestry
were published between 1848 and 1864.
County Clare genealogy Griffith's Valuation 1855 - Surname Index - parish Index
Dublin City Census 185 British Origins


under the direction of Edward Synge, the bishop of Elphin for the Church of Ireland.

TIARA The Irish Ancestral Research Association

2 April 1911
has a 100 year closure in the UK - will be opened 1st January 2012

19 June 1921 - 100 year closure
26 April 1931 - Destroyed during WW2
29 September 1939 - WW2 National Registration - 100 year closure
8 April 1951 - 100 year closure
23 April 1961 - 100 year closure
25 April 1971 - 100 year closure
5 April 1981 - 100 year closure
21 April 1991 - 100 year closure
29 April 2001 - 100 year closure

Census Advice: Read This First - Census, 1801-1901: Statistical Reports

FreeCen transcriptions


Information about FreeCEN Coverage:- - Database Coverage - Recent Additions
Search the FreeCEN Database - Volunteer to help - Transcription Software

Grand Total - 5,473,519 names

GENUKI CENSUS - guide to family history resources at The National Archives and Family Records Centrew with many links

ARCHIVE resources in London


The householder was to complete their individual household
schedules recording who was in their household during
the period Sunday night to Monday morning.

Place of deposit of the source - Family Records Centre
at 1 Myddelton Street, London EC1R 1UW

TNA Class Reference -
department code
+ series reference

RG1 to RG8 are NOT census
The National Archives Online Catalogue is now the Catalogue (formerly PROCAT)
catalogue help

ENTER - TNA Class Reference
department code + series reference

type reference here
Go to reference

press return krey
and then use - Browse the catalogue from here

The National Archives - SEARCH THE CATALOGUE

of documents from central government, courts of law and other UK national bodies, including records on family history, medieval tax, criminal trials, UFO sightings, the history of many countries and many other subjects

to find a place use search the catalogue
1. place name
3. department code + series reference (are optional)

the national archives - Research guides: A to Z

Family History Library USA - Salt Lake City, Utah
- the world's largest family history library.

Search the Family History Library Catalog for records and resources.
use place search - click about 4 levels down to A film or fiche set may contain more than one parish.
For a printable version of this record click here then click your browser's Print button.
note film numbers

Barry.Ruck - FAQ on CENSUS with many LINKS.
Gordon W. Beavington - Transcription & Scanning Service
LDS Family History Software Products

Direct Line for Family History CD orders by debit/credit card: +44 (0) 8700 10 20 51
or please make cheques payable to 'The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS'
Church of LDS Distribution Centre
399 Garretts Green Lane
B33 0UH

This centre will accept orders from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Eire and Europe.
There is also a distribution centre in France if that is more convenient.
Elsewhere please contact your nearest distribution centre for availability, price and payment details


City, metropolitan, borough or county archives may have fiche or film of local census
best to telephone to check availability before visiting National Register of Archives (NRA)
Access to Archives (A2A): archive network for England.
that url is due to change to http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a
Archives Hub list archives in UK universities and colleges
Archives Network Wales - Scottish Archive Network
Digital Library of Historical Directories useful if no census exist
Victoria County History
Catalogues hosted by The National Archives

Very much indexing is undertaken by local volunteers
so for more help contact a local family history society
C Rihan adds:- you may be able to actually purchase some indexes
from the local family history societies too

or subscribe to a RootsWeb county list
England | Ireland | Scotland | Wales

The Federation of Family History Societies

Societies listed on Genuki

GENUKI information about societies whose interests relate to :-

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Hugh Watkins, updated June 19 2006
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