Census of England and Wales
A census of the United Kingdom population has been taken every ten years since 1801 (with the exception of 1941 during World War II). The UK censuses cover England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Ireland was included with the UK censuses up to 1911.
From 1801 to 1831, the census data mainly consisted of headcounts and provide little personal information. However, from 1841, the UK census records the names of all individuals in a household or institution - providing a wealth of information for genealogical or family history research.
Public access to census data is limited under the terms of the 100 year rule. Each census contains slightly different information - more information is included in later censuses.
Do you know who lived in the village or your house in years gone bye?
We have copies of the census forms of the day and these are available through the links listed by the Census year. They are accompanied by a transcript which will hopefully make easier reading. (Please let us know if you find any errors in the transcripts so we can correct them.)