England and Wales Census, 1881 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The English government has taken censuses every 10 years since 1801, except for 1941. This census covers those living in England and Wales on 3 April 1881.  
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This collection will include records for 1881.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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The 1881 census was taken on the night of 3 April 1881 and gave the total population as 29,707,207. FamilySearch records indicate that the collection contains 5,962,278 records. Although it is not indicated, this collection is not totally indexed but is in progress.
  
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).  
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Census schedules consist of large sheets with pre-printed 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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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 the residents of England are included in the census. Non-citizens were also included.
  
The 1881 census contains the following information:
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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.
  
[[Image:England and Wales 1881 Census.jpg|thumb]]
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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 3 April 1881.  
  
*Name
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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.
*Age
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*Parish and county of birth
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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.
*Occupation
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*Relationship to the head of the household  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
*May also list the birth country for people born outside of England
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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.
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{{Collection citation | text= "England and Wales Census, 1881." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Great Britain Census Office. England and Wales Census, 1881. National Archives, Surrey, England.}}
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[[England and Wales 1881 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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These census records usually contain the following information:
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*Town, civil parish and church parish where census was taken
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*Given names and surnames of each household member
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*Relationship to head of household  
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*Age, gender, marital status and occupation of each household member
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*Birthplace of each household member
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*Physical impairments
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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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To begin your search in the census records, it would be helpful if you knew the person's name and the time period when he or she lived.  
  
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:  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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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.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:  
  
 
*Accept the ages with caution.  
 
*Accept the ages with caution.  
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*Place-names may be misspelled.  
 
*Place-names may be misspelled.  
 
*Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.
 
*Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census.
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
== Record History  ==
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*Use the names of the family members to search for birth records of the family.
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*If you have identified the names of the parents or the name of the spouse in the census of your ancestor, search for a marriage record for the couple.
  
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 the residents of England are included in the census. Noncitizens were also included.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
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.  
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You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information.  
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:
  
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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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.  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
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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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.  
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/index.php?title=England_and_Wales_1881_Census_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)/Known_Issues Wiki article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[England and Wales 1881 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== 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]]  
 
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]  
 
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]  
 
*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
 
*[[Quick Research Links - Wales]]
  
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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.  
 
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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record&nbsp;Found in This Collection  ====
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"England and Wales Census, 1881;" images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed March, 2011. entry for Howard Jones, age: 15, citing Household Records, FHL microfilm 1,342,258. from Find My Past LTD (LONDON).
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records. Detailed instructions for adding citations of records used by the FamilySearch Wiki are also listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
"England and Wales Census, 1881," images, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]); from Find My Past LTD (LONDON). FHL digital images, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.  
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"England and Wales Census, 1881," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed March 2011), Howard Jones, age 15, citing Household Records, FHL microfilm 1,342,258; from Find My Past LTD - London.  
  
 
[[England Census|Return to England Census]]  
 
[[England Census|Return to England Census]]  
  
 
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Contents

Record Description

This collection will include records for 1881.

The 1881 census was taken on the night of 3 April 1881 and gave the total population as 29,707,207. FamilySearch records indicate that the collection contains 5,962,278 records. Although it is not indicated, this collection is not totally indexed but is in progress.

Census schedules consist of large sheets with pre-printed 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).

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 the residents of England are included in the census. Non-citizens were also included.

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 3 April 1881.

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.

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.

"England and Wales Census, 1881." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Great Britain Census Office. England and Wales Census, 1881. National Archives, Surrey, England.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These census records usually contain the following information:

  • Town, civil parish and church parish where census was taken
  • Given names and surnames of each household member
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Age, gender, marital status and occupation of each household member
  • Birthplace of each household member
  • Physical impairments

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the census records, it would be helpful if you knew the person's name and the time period when he or she lived.

Search the Collection

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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

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.

Using the Information

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.

  • Use the names of the family members to search for birth records of the family.
  • If you have identified the names of the parents or the name of the spouse in the census of your ancestor, search for a marriage record for the couple.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

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.

General Information About These Records

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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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, 1881," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed March 2011), Howard Jones, age 15, citing Household Records, FHL microfilm 1,342,258; from Find My Past LTD - London.

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