England and Wales Census, 1841 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1841
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The National Archives


What is in This Collection?

This collection contains population schedules for England, Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Islands as of 7 June 1841. This data has been provided by Findmypast.com. Census schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, each district being an area that could be enumerated in a day.

The information gathered by the census taker is only as reliable as the person who provided the information. While some information may not be completely accurate, it can still provide important clues in locating an ancestor.

General information about census records: For reference purposes, the National Archives assigned a piece number to each enumeration district and stamped a folio number in the upper right corner of each right-side page. The number refers to entries on both sides of the page.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. This collection is available at the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These images may be viewable to users who have contributed to the FamilySearch Indexing effort. Learn how to be a part of FamilySearch indexing here. The images are also available to all viewers for a fee at Findmypast. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England and Wales Census, 1841.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Name of the person living or visiting the home
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Whether born in the country or foreign born
  • Place of residence
  • Census registration district

Collection Content

Sample of an indexed record:

John Smith England and Wales Census, 1841
Name John Smith
Titles and Terms NULL
Event Type Census
Event Date 1841
Event Place Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
Residence Note High Street
Gender Male
Age 15-19
Age (Original) 15
Occupation Null
Birth Year (Estimated) 1822-1826
Registration District Uxbridge
Parish Hillingdon
County Middlesex
Page Number 12
Registration Number HO107
Piece/Folio 656/32
Affiliate Record Type Institution

How Do I Search This Collection?

If you do not know what registration district you need, find your location in: UK BMD Registration Districts In England and Wales.

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Country
  2. Select Parish to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find additional family members in other censuses
  • Use the ages listed to determine an approximate birth date and to find other records such as birth, marriage, christening, and death records
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Check for other names. They might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced

Record Finder

Consult the England Record Finder and Wales Record Finder to find other records

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
"England and Wales Census, 1841." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census." Database with images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
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