England and Wales Census, 1901 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England and Wales
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1901
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The National Archives

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records for the year 1901.

The census schedules are arranged by county and then divided by civil parish, while some are further subdivided into smaller enumeration districts, 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.

Findmypast states that the village of Deal in Kent is missing in its entirety from this census and there are no known copies available. Additionally, Numbers 1-14 Doughty Mews, St. Pancras, London are also missing and Numbers 15-29 are there.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Census records contains the following information:

  • District, civil parish, church parish and country where census was taken
  • Given names and surnames of each household member
  • Age and gender of each household member
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Birthplace (may list the birth country for people born outside of England)
  • Occupation
  • Any physical impairments

Collection Content

Sample of an indexed record:

John Smith England and Wales Census, 1901
Name John Smith
Event Type Census
Event Date 31 Mar 1901
Event Place Churchstanton, Somersetshire, England
County Somersetshire
Civil Parish Churchstanton
Ecclesiastical Parish Churchstanton St Paul
Sub-District Pitminster
Registration District Taunton
Gender Male
Age 64
Occupation Ordinary Agricultural Labr
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1837
Birthplace Otterton, Devonshire
Schedule Type 7
Page Number 1

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search in the census, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of residence
  • Approximate year of birth

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

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
  • You may have to read around marks made by the clerks who compiled the census data. These marks sometimes obscure the information
  • 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, 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
  • Individuals missing from a family may be listed elsewhere in the census

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Wales.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"England and Wales Census, 1901." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census." Database with images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing PRO RG 13. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
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