Census Returns 1841-1911 inc

There is a one-hundred year closure on censuses.

Occasionally censuses from before 1841 survive. These are head counts and do NOT give any details apart from the surname of the head of the household and numbers of males and females in the household.

Four notebooks from the Charles Booth collection relating to the Jewish community in London in the 1880s and 1890s have been digitised and are now available online. Go to the link by clicking here and click on the relevant PDF links. Some of the handwriting is quite difficult to read but the notebooks provide a useful insight into life at that time. [Thanks to Jill for sharing this with us]

Census websites:

LDS: This has the 1881 census, fully indexed. Transcripts only, but this site is free of charge. It also has the 1881 Canadian census and the 1880 United States census.

1901 Census Online: An indexed version of 1901 census-pay per view to see actual records. By "credits" with a minimum charge of 5. Transcripts are 50p per sheet and the actual filmed folios are 75p per sheet. Your "credits" are valid for 48 hours. Links go to the actual filmed folios which you can save to your PC and/or print.

Ancestry: 1841 to 1911 inc. All are completely indexed. This is a subscription-based web site. Annual subscription varies according to the package you chose. Links go to the actual filmed folios which you can save to your PC and/or print.

Find My Past: A rival website to Ancestry which holds censuses and much more, including the 1939 Register on a subscription or PayAsYouGo basis.

1911 Census Website: Part of the Find My Past group.

For images of Scottish Censuses 1841-1871 and 1891-1911 inc. you need to visit the Scotland's People website.

Irish 1911 census is available through National Archives of Ireland for free.

Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society has an index to the transcribed "unfilmed 1851 census returns for Manchester".

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