Census Records, Research Guide

Census Records
Research Guide


Census have been conducted since earliest times. In 1800 this was put on a regular footing by "An Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain,and the increase or dimunition thereof". Since 1801 a census has occured every 10 years except for 1941. The information taken is treated as confidential, and this has been taken to mean that the information is not release until 100 years after census year. In the first four censuses personal information was not actually taken, and the information was collected locally, with only totals and other statistics forwarded to central government.
From the 1841 census the government made its own arrangements for collecting the basic information and data was collected uniformly across the country. However, the 1841 census contains less information than those from 1851 on. In the 1841 census, relationships are not shown and no head of household is identified. Ages were rounded down to the nearest 5 years except for those less than 15 years of age. The 1841 census only recorded if born in the county, not town.

1881 Census
Family History Library Catalogue - Place Search to identify what census records are on film
FreeCen Derbyshire 1891 Census Transcription Project
The Hearth Tax in Derbyshire
Rosliston A one village study

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