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== Collection Time Period  ==
 
== Collection Time Period  ==
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=== Record Content  ===
 
=== Record Content  ===
  
[[Image:England and Wales 1871 Census.jpg|thumb|right]] The 1871 census contains the following information:
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The 1871 census contains the following information:  
  
*Name
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[[Image:England and Wales 1871 Census.jpg|thumb|right]]
*Age
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*Parish and county of birth
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*Name  
*Occupation
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*Age  
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*Parish and county of birth  
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*Occupation  
 
*Relationship to the head of the household
 
*Relationship to the head of the household
  
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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.  
 
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:
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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. Other things to consider when finding and using census information are:  
  
*Accept the ages with caution.
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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.
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*Given names may not be the same as a name recorded in church or vital records.  
*The information may be incorrect.
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*The information may be incorrect.  
*Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).
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*Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).  
*Place-names may be misspelled.
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*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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== Record History  ==
 
== Record History  ==
  
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. The following civil parishes, townships, or places in the registration district of Gower in Glamorganshire and the Sub-District of Gower Western are missing:
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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.  
  
*Registration Sub-District 2B Gower Western
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The following civil parishes, townships, or places in the registration district of Gower in Glamorganshire and the Sub-District of Gower Western are missing:
*Porteynon
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*Penrice
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*Registration Sub-District 2B Gower Western  
*Oxwich
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*Porteynon  
*Nicholaston
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*Penrice  
*Penmaen (3)
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*Oxwich  
*Reynoldston
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*Nicholaston  
*Llandewy
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*Penmaen (3)  
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*Reynoldston  
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*Llandewy  
 
*Knelston
 
*Knelston
  
 
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.  
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
  
 
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 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 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.  
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.''
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''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.''  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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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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]].  
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record Found in This Collection: ====
 
 
Examples of citations:  
 
  
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71  
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71  
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
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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|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
  
 
Digital images of originals housed at Public Record Office at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9. Microfilm copies are also available at the Family Records Centre, located at 1 Myddelton Street, Islington, London EC1R 1UW  
 
Digital images of originals housed at Public Record Office at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9. Microfilm copies are also available at the Family Records Centre, located at 1 Myddelton Street, Islington, London EC1R 1UW  
  
Also filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah available at the Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Room 344, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-3440  
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Also filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah available at the Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Room 344, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-3440
 
 
The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
  
 
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[[Category:England|Census]] [[Category:Wales|Census]] [[Category:Census_records_in_England]]

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Collection Time Period

The English government has taken censuses every 10 years since 1801, except for 1941. This census covers those living in England and Wales on 2 April 1871.

Record Description

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

The 1871 census contains the following information:

England and Wales 1871 Census.jpg
  • Name
  • Age
  • Parish and county of birth
  • Occupation
  • Relationship to the head of the household

How to Use the 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.

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.

Record History

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 following civil parishes, townships, or places in the registration district of Gower in Glamorganshire and the Sub-District of Gower Western are missing:

  • Registration Sub-District 2B Gower Western
  • Porteynon
  • Penrice
  • Oxwich
  • Nicholaston
  • Penmaen (3)
  • Reynoldston
  • Llandewy
  • Knelston

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.

Why the Record Was Created

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.

Record Reliability

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.

Related Websites

This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.

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.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record Found in This Collection:

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

Citation for This Collection:

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 How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Digital images of originals housed at Public Record Office at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9. Microfilm copies are also available at the Family Records Centre, located at 1 Myddelton Street, Islington, London EC1R 1UW

Also filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah available at the Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Room 344, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-3440