Sierra Leone Census

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Census Records

Research use: Has good genealogical information linking and identifying people. May provide missing data from other sources.

Record type: Population statistics.

Time period: 1811-present.

Contents: Individual names, relationships, number of households for each city, town or village; unmarried mature males, widows who were heads of households, and land and property owners.

Location: National Archives, Freetown; some are in the Public Records Office in London.

Population coverage: Approximately 40% of the British, and 20% of the native inhabitants. This includes some individuals not found in other records such as servants, etc.

Reliability: Generally good, some gaps.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Sierra Leone,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2001.