London Census

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Census Records

For access to the 1841 to 1911 London censuses, see the England Census article.

Earlier censuses, dated 1801 to 1831, survive for several London parishes.[1] Most are kept at the Guildhall Library.[2] Record survival is identified on inidividual London parish pages.

London Records at the Family History Library describes London census holdings, parish-by-parish, available at that facility. Click here to see a list of the census surname indexes for local places and parishes in this county.

Local Census Indexes

The London Census Surname Index describes local census indexes in the Family History Libary collection.

Census Substitutes

A variety of lists of historic residents of London have been preserved. Most list adult taxable males. A few identify family units. The Domesday Book (1086) does not include the City of London.[3]

Gibson identifies additional London census substitutes:

  • Gibson, J.S.W. and Heather Creaton. Lists of Londoners. Bury, UK: Federation of Family History Societies in Association with the Centre for Metropolitan History, c1999. FHL Book 942.1/L1 D43g 1999.


  1. Colin R. Chapman, Pre-1841 Censuses and Population Listings in the British Isles, 5th ed. (Dursley, UK: Lochin Publishing, 2002), 65-74.
  2. Cliff Webb, My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 11-13. Webb identifies the repositories and references for each census return.
  3. Wikipedia Contributors, "Domesday Book," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 January 2012.