England and Wales Census, 1901 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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 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. 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.


The original schedules are well preserved and housed at the Public Records Office in Kew. Microfilm copies are located at the Family History Library, at the Family Records Centre in England, and at county record offices and some libraries.


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.

Collection Contents

Census records may contain 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

How Do I Search the 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.

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. To find a copy of the original record, visit the The National Archives page. (Send them to the custodian website if they can access records using that website. Unfortunately not all custodian websites allow access).
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area.

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.
  • Search the records of nearby areas.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.


Known Issues with This Collection

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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, 1901." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census." Database and images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing PRO RG 13. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England and Wales Census, 1901.

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