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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

Knebworth House, the 'stately home of rock' in the 1851 Census
The 1851 Census includes the records for Knebworth House, the 'stately home of rock', which has welcomed acts such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Queen.

 

Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.

 

Women allowed to enter the Medical Profession from 1876
In the 19th Century, a career as a physician was a highly respected following for a man. Yet it was considered outrageous for any woman to pursue a career in that profession.

 

The Bronte Sisters in the Yorkshire 1841 Census
The three Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - grew up with their brother Branwell in Parsonage House in Haworth, Yorkshire. They can be found in the 1841 Census.

 

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