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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day. The only exception to this is the 1841 census, which was arranged by “hundreds” (administrative subdivisions of land). For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page (both the recto and verso of the folio).  
 
Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day. The only exception to this is the 1841 census, which was arranged by “hundreds” (administrative subdivisions of land). For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page (both the recto and verso of the folio).  
  
The Registrar General created censuses for various reasons, including population studies, accessing military readiness, compiling lists of eligible voters, and tracking relief to the poor.  
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The Registrar General created censuses for various reasons including measuring longevity and occupational risks to better design insurance schemes, assessing military readiness, compiling lists of eligible voters, and tracking relief to the poor.  
  
 
The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.  
 
The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "England and Wales Census, 1841." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Great Britain Census Office. Great Britain Public Record Office, London, England.}}
 
 
[[England and Wales 1841 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
These census records&nbsp;usually contain&nbsp;the following information:  
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'''Census records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
*Place, district, parish and county where census was taken  
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*Name (given and surname)
*Given name and surname for each household member
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*Age
*Birthplace, age and gender for each household member
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*Gender
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*Birth place
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*Place, district, parish and county where census was taken
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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*Name of ancestor  
 
*Name of ancestor  
*Approximate year of birth
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*Approximate year and place of residence
*Place of birth
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Fill in the requested information in the search page. When you search for your ancestor, there will be a list of possible matches for them. Compare the information about the ancestors in the record that you have found, to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information on the image of the record to make sure that the record is correct.  
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==== Using the Information  ====
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
When you have found your family, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
 
When you have found your family, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
  
 
*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.  
 
*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.  
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
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It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.  
 
It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.  
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Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.  
 
Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.  
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even an county.  
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*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.  
 
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.  
 
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.  
 
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.  
 
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.  
 
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.  
 
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.  
*You should also be aware that the census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
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*You should also be aware that the census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records.
  
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There are various marks within the census that can also provide help to identify families. A single forward slash mark '''"/"''' meant the end of a family, while two forward slash marks '''"//"''' showed the end of the occupants in that one dwelling.  
 
There are various marks within the census that can also provide help to identify families. A single forward slash mark '''"/"''' meant the end of a family, while two forward slash marks '''"//"''' showed the end of the occupants in that one dwelling.  
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There are missing images in various areas that did not survive. [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/helpadvice/knowledge-base/census/index.jsp#issues FindMyPast provides a detailed listing] as well as [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8978 Ancestry.co.uk]; note that Ancestry's information is further down on the web page. If you are unable to locate your ancestor in this census, it is a good idea to make sure that the area they are living in survived and was digitized; otherwise, you will not be able to locate them in this census record.  
 
There are missing images in various areas that did not survive. [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/helpadvice/knowledge-base/census/index.jsp#issues FindMyPast provides a detailed listing] as well as [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8978 Ancestry.co.uk]; note that Ancestry's information is further down on the web page. If you are unable to locate your ancestor in this census, it is a good idea to make sure that the area they are living in survived and was digitized; otherwise, you will not be able to locate them in this census record.  
 
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== Related Websites  ==
 
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Census.html#1861 England and Wales:- Census dates]<br>
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Census.html#1861 England and Wales:- Census dates]  
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/census-records.htm National Archives Census Records]
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*[[England and Wales History Links]]
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*[[England and Wales Historic Maps]]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[England Census|England Census]]  
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*[[England Census]]
*[[Wales Census|Wales Census]]  
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*[[Wales Census]]
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*[[England Genealogy|England]]  
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*[[Wales Genealogy|Wales]]  
 
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]  
 
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]  
 
*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
 
*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
  
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'''Collection Citation:'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "England and Wales Census, 1841." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing The National Archives, Kew, Surreyd.}}
  
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Access the records: England and Wales Census, 1841 .

Contents

Record Description

This census covers those living in England and Wales on 7 June 1841.

Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day. The only exception to this is the 1841 census, which was arranged by “hundreds” (administrative subdivisions of land). For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page (both the recto and verso of the folio).

The Registrar General created censuses for various reasons including measuring longevity and occupational risks to better design insurance schemes, assessing military readiness, compiling lists of eligible voters, and tracking relief to the poor.

The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.

Record Content

Census records usually contain the following information:

  • Name (given and surname)
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Birth place
  • Place, district, parish and county where census was taken

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of residence

Search the Collection

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have found your family, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.

Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • You should also be aware that the census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records.
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Don't overlook FHL Place Wales items or FHL Keyword Wales items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Wales Archives and Libraries.

General Information About These Records

There are various marks within the census that can also provide help to identify families. A single forward slash mark "/" meant the end of a family, while two forward slash marks "//" showed the end of the occupants in that one dwelling.

The census taker usually rounded the ages of those older than 15 down to a multiple of 5. Beginning with the 1851 census, the information listed includes names, ages, parish and county of birth, occupation, and relationship to the head of the household for each person. The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.

There are missing images in various areas that did not survive. FindMyPast provides a detailed listing as well as Ancestry.co.uk; note that Ancestry's information is further down on the web page. If you are unable to locate your ancestor in this census, it is a good idea to make sure that the area they are living in survived and was digitized; otherwise, you will not be able to locate them in this census record.

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"England and Wales Census, 1841." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing The National Archives, Kew, Surreyd.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England and Wales Census, 1841.



 

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