Census Frequently Asked Questions

What is a census?

A census is a complete population count for a given area or place taken on a specific date. The 1841 census is considered to be the first modern UK census.

What information can I find in the census?

Details vary for each census return, with the 1911 census being the most detailed. You can see what's included on UK Census Online in the table below:

1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1871 Census 1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census
Place of Birth
Relation to head
Marital status
Employment status
Duration of current marriage
No. of children that were born
No. of children that are living
No. of children that died