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Census 1801 - 1911

Dates of Uk Censuses

Information included in each Census

The censuses of 1801 to 1831 did not contain information about individuals. In a few places the background information used to compile the census returns have survived.

The 1841 to 1901 censuses contain the following information

Column 184118511861187118811891190119116
Schedule No N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Place Y N N N N N N Y
Road & Street N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Uninhabited or Building Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Inhabited Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
No of Rooms Inhabited if <5 N N N N N Y Y Y
Names and Surname Y3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Relation to Head N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Marriage Condition N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Age last Birthday Y1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sex Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Profession or Occupation Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Employer N N N N N Y N Y
Employed N N N N N Y N Y
Neither employed or employer N N N N N Y4 N  

Employer, Worker

or Own account

N N N N N N Y5 Y 5
Working at Home N N N N N N Y Y
Where Born Y2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Born in Scotland, Ireland or Foreign Parts Y2 N N N N N N Y
Blind or Deaf and Dumb N Y Y N N N N  
Deaf and Dumb N N N Y Y Y Y  
Blind N N N Y Y Y Y  
Imbecile or Idiot N N N Y Y N N  
Lunatic N N N Y Y N Y  
Lunatic, Imbecile or Idiot N N N N N Y N  
Imbecile or Feeble minded N N N N N N Y  
Nationality N N N N N N N Y
Infirmity N N N N N N N Y

Additional information

required for marriedwomen -

years in present marriage

& children born alive,

living and died.

N N N N N N N Y

 

Notes to table of Census information

1 On 1841 Census ages were recorded in years up to age 15. Older ages were rounded down to multiples of 5 years so a 24 year old would be recorded as 20, a 56 year old would be recorded as 55

2 On 1841 Census only a "Y" or "N" was written to state whether or not the person was born in the same county they are currently living in. "S" indicates born in Scotland, "I" in Ireland and "F" in Foreign Parts

3 On 1841 Census only the first forename should have been included

4 This column was used to identify Self Employed people

5 Own Account indicates that the person worked from home

6. Each household is recorded in the Enumerators Summary Book (RG78) and The Household. This is the first census with a page per household completed by the householder.

7. In the Enumerators Summary Book