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The Census - What information can I find in each year?

A census was taken every 10 years from 1810 but, the census taken between 1810 and 1831 were of little use to genealogists since they recorded only the numbers in each household. From 1841 the census is of use.

The census was taken from midnight on Sunday/Monday as follows:
1841 Census - 6 & 7th June
1851 Census - 30 & 31st March
1861 Census - 7 & 8th April
1871 Census - 2 & 3rd April
1881 Census - 3 & 4th April
1891 Census - 5 & 6th April
1901 Census - 31st March & 1st April
1911 Census - 2nd & 3rd April

Details recorded in the 1841 Census:
- Address (vague)
- Names
- Age: (a) 15 and under exact age, (b) over 15 recorded to the lowest 5 years e.g. someone age 56, 57, 58 or 59 would be recorded as 55.
- Occupation of each individual
- Whether born in this country - recorded as Yes/Y or country of birth

Details recorded in the 1851 - 1901 Census:
- Road, street, number or name of house
- Whether the house is inhabited or not
- Name and surname of each person
- Relationship to head of house
- Married/Unmarried
- Age last birthday
- Profession
- Whether employed or not
- Place of birth
- Whether blind/insane/feeble minded
- Details about whether the house was being built (1901 Census ONLY)
- If the individual was working at home (1901 Census ONLY)

Details recorded in the 1911 Census:
- Forename & Surname
- Age
- Sex
- Occupation
- Address
- Town/county of birth
- Relation to head of household
- Marital status
- Medical disabilities
- Employment status
- Nationality
- Duration of current marriage
- Number of children born within that marriage
- Number of living children
- Number of any children who have died

It is possible to obtain more recent information from the census. You will need to provide the exact address and name, give your reason for requiring the information, prove you're a descendant and if anyone on the record is still alive, get their permission to obtain the data.

Related Website: http://www.ukcensusonline.com

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