Australia, New South Wales, 1841 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New South Wales,  Australia
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Location of New South Wales, Australia
Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1841
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
State Library - New South Wales

What is in This Collection?

These records include images and indexes for the 1841 census householder's returns from New South Wales. Original records are located in the State Library of New South Wales, Australia.

To protect individual privacy, all national censuses were destroyed after statistical information was collected. The New South Wales 1841 census was one of the few census records that survived the destruction.

Australian states have also taken censuses—mostly from the nineteenth century on. However, many of the censuses did not survive because they were taken primarily for population studies and taxation.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Census records may contain the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Religion
  • Marital status
  • Birthplace
  • County
  • Sub-district

How Do I Search This Collection?

To search this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of residence

To search the collection by name: Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information from those search results to what you already know about your ancestors. This will help you determine if you have the correct family or person. You may need to compare information from several people from the search results.

'To browse by image: To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: ⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the "Census Place" category (or the district name) which takes you to the images

Compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to images in the collection to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images when comparing information.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life
  • If their religion is listed, you can use that information to search for church records in the area
  • Use the age to calculate a birth date
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. State Library of New South Wales, Australia.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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