Is there a comprehensive repository of pre-1841 local censuses in Britain available online?

Read Local Census Listings or Pre-1841 Censuses and Population Listings in the British Isles for more information. Some transcripts and images for these early censuses and census substitutes are searchable online on, and the Brigham Young University Early British Census Project.

Is the 1801 census available online?

They are not available in digital format. Census returns for 2001 onwards are available in digital format only, via the Office for National Statistics.

Are there any census records before 1841?

The 1841-1911 censuses are the only ones which survive (largely) intact nationwide. Before 1841, only fragments of censuses exist, even though censuses have been taken every ten years since 1801. These census fragments are stored in archives around the country, but there is no single, central reservoir in place today.

Is the 1831 census available?

In some places, the 1831 census is descibed as “no longer exists” or “has been destroyed” but this is a misconception. The official census was simply a count under various headings for each parish, township, or place so in terms of information on individuals or households, it never did exist.

How do I access the 1841 census?

Free access to the 1841 Census

You can also access the Ancestry 1841 census records for free on site at The National Archives in Kew. Many libraries also have Ancestry and/or findmypast available for free from within the library.

What census records are available free online?

The National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1940, and free online access is available through our digitization partners at any National Archives facility.

What census records are available UK?

The Early British Census Project run by Brigham Young University is creating a database of surviving pre-1841 census records. However, the census records from 1841 to 1921 are the most detailed and are available to search on a national level. UK census records are available online from a number of websites.

How can I access the UK Census for free?

Some transcripts of census records covering England, Wales and Scotland are available free of charge on Statistics on coverage are listed, by county, on their website.

Why is the 1921 Census not on ancestry?

The 1921 England and Wales census records aren’t currently available on Ancestry because the National Archives has signed an exclusive deal with Findmypast . Researchers from Findmypast have spent three years delving into and digitising the findings of the 1921 census, which consists of 28,000 physical volumes.

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