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== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The English government has taken censuses every 10 years since 1801, except for 1941. This guide covers censuses from 1841, when censuses became genealogically useful, through 1901.  
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This Collection will include records for 1851.<br>
 
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== 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. 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. 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).  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Microfilm copies are also available at the Family Records Centre, located at 1 Myddelton Street, Islington, London EC1R 1UW.  
 
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[[Image:England and Wales 1851 Census.jpg|thumb|right]] 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. == Record History ==
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The Registrar General created the national censuses. Enumerators went door to door collecting the data in census books. Censuses taken between 1851 and 1931 were conducted on a single day, sometime between March 31 and April 8. The census takers listed only those who spent the night in each household, so individuals who were traveling or at school were listed where they spent the night. Almost all of the residents of England, whether they were citizens or not, are included in the census.  
 
The Registrar General created the national censuses. Enumerators went door to door collecting the data in census books. Censuses taken between 1851 and 1931 were conducted on a single day, sometime between March 31 and April 8. The census takers listed only those who spent the night in each household, so individuals who were traveling or at school were listed where they spent the night. Almost all of the residents of England, whether they were citizens or not, are included in the census.  
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The original schedules are well preserved and housed at the Public Records Office in Kew. Microfilm copies are located at the Family History Library, at the Family Records Centre in England, and at county record offices and some libraries. An attempt is now being made to preserve the records by transcribing and publishing them. Some of these preservation efforts are being published in book form, while others are being posted on the Internet.  
 
The original schedules are well preserved and housed at the Public Records Office in Kew. Microfilm copies are located at the Family History Library, at the Family Records Centre in England, and at county record offices and some libraries. An attempt is now being made to preserve the records by transcribing and publishing them. Some of these preservation efforts are being published in book form, while others are being posted on the Internet.  
  
== How to Use the Records<br>  ==
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The British government has taken censuses every 10 years since 1801, except for 1941. This census covers those living in England and Wales on 31 March 1851.&nbsp;
  
Census records are a good source to use as you search for your relatives. Use census records to help you find the age of your ancestor, as well as birthplace, occupation, and address. The records can also help you define relationships between individuals.  
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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.  
  
You must know the person's name and the time period when he or she lived. If there is no index available, you need to know where the person lived. You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information. Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:<br>• Accept the ages with caution.<br>• Given names may not be the same as a name recorded in church or vital records.<br>• The information may be incorrect.<br>• Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).<br>• Place-names may be misspelled.<br>• Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.  
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<br>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.  
  
All members of a family living in the same household will be listed together. When you find your family in one census, search earlier or later censuses to find additional family members and to verify details.  
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As with the 1841 census, the 1851 census has missing images. [http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8860 Ancestry.co.uk] has provided a list of the missing images, as well as a listing of the areas that were damaged by water during storage and recoverable through new technology. [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/helpadvice/knowledge-base/census/index.jsp#issues FindMyPast] also provides a listing, but you need to scroll down to this section to view it. If you are unable to locate your ancestor, it is wise to make sure their living area is one of the missing areas.  
  
=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
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 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>
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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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.  
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[[England and Wales 1851 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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== Record Content ==
  
[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/stories/84.htm England and Wales Census, 1851]
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Beginning with the 1851 census, the information listed includes the following information for each person:
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
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[[Image:England and Wales 1851 Census.jpg|thumb|right|England and Wales 1851 Census.jpg]]
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*Date, place, district, parish and county where census was taken
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*Given names and surnames for members in each household
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*Age, gender and birthplace for each household member
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*Marital status and occupation for each household member
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*Occupation
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*Relationship to the head of the household
  
[[England Vital Records]]
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The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.
  
[[Quick Research Links - England]]
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== How to Use the Records  ==
  
[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
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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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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Census records are a good source to use as you search for your relatives. Use census records to help you find the age of your ancestor, as well as birthplace, occupation, and address. The records can also help you define relationships between individuals.
  
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You must know the person's name and the time period when he or she lived. If there is no index available, you need to know where the person lived. You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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*Accept the ages with caution.
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*Given names may not be the same as a name recorded in church or vital records.
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*The information may be incorrect.
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*Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).
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*Place-names may be misspelled.
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*Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.  
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All members of a family living in the same household will be listed together. When you find your family in one census, search earlier or later censuses to find additional family members and to verify details.  
  
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== Related Websites ==
  
"England and Wales Census, 1851." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch,org https://www.familysearch,org]: accessed March 9, 2011). entry for Joseph Cole, age: 29; citing Household Records; Digital images of original housed at Public Record Office at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9.
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[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/stories/84.htm England and Wales Census, 1851]  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection: ==
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*[[England Vital Records]]
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*[[Quick Research Links - England]]
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*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
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"England and Wales Census, 1851." database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 9 March 2011), Joseph Cole, age 29; citing England and Wales, Household Records; Digital images of original housed at Public Record Office at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9.
  
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Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records for 1851.

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. 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).

Microfilm copies are also available at the Family Records Centre, located at 1 Myddelton Street, Islington, London EC1R 1UW.

The Registrar General created the national censuses. Enumerators went door to door collecting the data in census books. Censuses taken between 1851 and 1931 were conducted on a single day, sometime between March 31 and April 8. The census takers listed only those who spent the night in each household, so individuals who were traveling or at school were listed where they spent the night. Almost all of the residents of England, whether they were citizens or not, are included in the census.

The original schedules are well preserved and housed at the Public Records Office in Kew. Microfilm copies are located at the Family History Library, at the Family Records Centre in England, and at county record offices and some libraries. An attempt is now being made to preserve the records by transcribing and publishing them. Some of these preservation efforts are being published in book form, while others are being posted on the Internet.

The British government has taken censuses every 10 years since 1801, except for 1941. This census covers those living in England and Wales on 31 March 1851. 

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 Registrar General created censuses for various reasons, including population studies, accessing military readiness, compiling lists of eligible voters, and tracking relief to the poor.

As with the 1841 census, the 1851 census has missing images. Ancestry.co.uk has provided a list of the missing images, as well as a listing of the areas that were damaged by water during storage and recoverable through new technology. FindMyPast also provides a listing, but you need to scroll down to this section to view it. If you are unable to locate your ancestor, it is wise to make sure their living area is one of the missing areas.

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.

Great Britain Census Office. England and Wales Census, 1851. National Archives, Surrey, England.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Beginning with the 1851 census, the information listed includes the following information for each person:

England and Wales 1851 Census.jpg
  • Date, place, district, parish and county where census was taken
  • Given names and surnames for members in each household
  • Age, gender and birthplace for each household member
  • Marital status and occupation for each household member
  • Occupation
  • Relationship to the head of the household

The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.

How to Use the Records

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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Census records are a good source to use as you search for your relatives. Use census records to help you find the age of your ancestor, as well as birthplace, occupation, and address. The records can also help you define relationships between individuals.

You must know the person's name and the time period when he or she lived. If there is no index available, you need to know where the person lived. You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information.

Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:

  • Accept the ages with caution.
  • Given names may not be the same as a name recorded in church or vital records.
  • The information may be incorrect.
  • Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).
  • Place-names may be misspelled.
  • Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.

All members of a family living in the same household will be listed together. When you find your family in one census, search earlier or later censuses to find additional family members and to verify details.

Related Websites

England and Wales Census, 1851

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"England and Wales Census, 1851." database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 9 March 2011), Joseph Cole, age 29; citing England and Wales, Household Records; Digital images of original housed at Public Record Office at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9.

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