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London Census

London Census data from 1841-1911 now available in the comfort of your own home

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The London Census is a great way of finding ancestors who lived in the capital. London Census data is available on CD-ROM and/or online for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. The 1911 census is only available online.

On this website, you will find some practical information about the London Census from 1841 to 1911 and how to use it to research your family history.

Have a look at our London Census Introduction page to find out how the London Census can help you find your ancestors and build your family tree.

The London Census Case Studies show entries for Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale, William Gladstone, James Whistler and Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the London Census.

Fascinating facts relating to London life between 1841 and 1901 can be found on the London Facts page. On the London Census Links page you’ll find sites that will help you with your research for London and across the country.

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life;

for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Samuel Johnson

Country-wide Census CD-ROMs & Online Subscriptions

The census for counties across the country is available on CD-ROM and online as images, indexes and transcripts. To find out about digitised images of all the original enumerators’ records see the Census CDs page.

For CDs see www.BritishDataArchive.com and www.GenealogySupplies.com;
for online subscriptions see www.TheGenealogist.co.uk.

You can also see more links to family history and genealogy websites.

Daily Census Information

London Ancestors
As anyone with ancestors in the London area knows, research there can be a nightmare. There are different records offices for the City of London, Westminster, and Greater London. So what's the best way to do your research?

 

The Census - What information can I find in each year?
A census was taken every 10 years from 1810, but were only useful to genealogists as of 1841.

 

Case Study - Sir Frank Whittle
Sir Frank Whittle (1907 - 1996) was a Royal Air Force officer who invented the Jet engine. This is how his birth record was found.

 

Enoch Arnold Bennett in the 1871 Census
Enoch Arnold Bennett was a Novelist, born in Staffordshire. You can find him in the 1871 Staffordshire census at the age of three.

 

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