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'''[[England Genealogy| England]]'''
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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'''[[Wales Genealogy| Wales]]'''
  
The British government has taken censuses every 10 years since 1801, except for 1941. This census covers those living in England and Wales on 8 April 1861.
 
  
== The Historical Records Index ==
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The index was republished on 23 February 2011 to reflect both the ecclesiatical parish and civil parish for each event to provide further assistance in locating entries.
 
  
Population schedule for England, Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Islands showing population as of 7 April 1861. This data has been provided by Findmypast.com.  
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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This collection includes information from the 1861 census for England, Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Islands showing population as of 7 April 1861. This data has been provided by Findmypast.com. 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.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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Census schedules consist of large sheets with preprinted rows and columns. 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. The only exception to this is the 1841 census, which was arranged by “hundreds” (administrative subdivisions of land). 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 (both the recto and verso of the folio). Almost all the residents of England, whether were citizens or not, are included in the census
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The records will include the following:
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*Name
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*Relationship to the head of the household
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*Marital status
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*Age
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*Gender
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*Occupation
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*Where born
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*Registration district
  
The 1841 census lists the members of each household, along with their name, sex, address, occupation, and whether they were born in the county. The census taker usually rounded the ages of those older than 15 down to a multiple of 5. Beginning with the 1851 census, the information listed includes names, ages, parish and county of birth, occupation, and relationship to the head of the household for each person. The census record may also list the birth country for people born outside of England.
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==Collection Content==
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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Sample of indexed information:
  
Begin your search by locating your ancestor in the census. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
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|John Robert Smith
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|Lincolnshire
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|Event Type
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|Census
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|1861
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|Goltho, Lincolnshire, England
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|Lincoln
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|Birth Year (Estimated)
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|1858
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|Birthplace
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|Goltho, Lincolnshire
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|1
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|2363 / 73
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Carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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If you do not know what '''registration district''' you need, find your location in: [https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/ UK BMD Registration Districts In England and Wales].<br><br>
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the person
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*Approximate location of residence
  
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*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.
 
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
 
*Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
 
  
Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:
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== What Do I Do Next? ==                                 
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
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*Use the information to find additional family members in other censuses
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*Use the ages listed to determine an approximate birth date and to find other records such as birth, marriage, christening, and death records
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  
*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even an county.  
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
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*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
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search   
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census
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*Check for other names. They might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
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*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 History  ==
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===Record Finder===
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*Consult the [[England Record Finder]] and [[Wales Record Finder]] to find other records
  
The Registrar General created the national censuses. Enumerators went door to door collecting the data in census books. The 1841 census was taken on June 7. Censuses taken between 1851 and 1931 were conducted on a single day, sometime between March 31 and April 8. The census takers listed only those who spent the night in each household, so individuals who were traveling or at school were listed where they spent the night.&nbsp;
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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The Registrar General created censuses for various reasons, including population studies, accessing military readiness, compiling lists of eligible voters, and tracking relief to the poor.  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached  [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=England-and-Wales-Census-1861-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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;Collection Citation:England and Wales Census, 1861." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 29 September 2016. From "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census." Database and images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing PRO RG 9. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  
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.
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The 1861 census also has missing pieces or parts of enumeration books. [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/helpadvice/knowledge-base/census/index.jsp#issues FindMyPast] and provides a detailed list of the missing areas, remember to scroll to that section on this page. Be sure to check to see that your ancestors living areas are not listed in the missing lists.
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[England Census]]
 
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==== Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found&nbsp;in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
"England and Wales Census, 1861." images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed March 9, 2011, entry for Elizabeth Clark, age: 18; citing Household Records; Great Britain Census Office, London, England.
 
 
 
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes information from the 1861 census for England, Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Islands showing population as of 7 April 1861. This data has been provided by Findmypast.com. 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.

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. 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, 1861.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records will include the following:

  • Address
  • Name
  • Relationship to the head of the household
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Where born
  • Registration district

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John Robert Smith England and Wales Census, 1861
Name John Robert Smith
County Lincolnshire
Event Type Census
Event Date 1861
Event Place Goltho, Lincolnshire, England
Registration District Lincoln
Gender Male
Age 3
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1858
Birthplace Goltho, Lincolnshire
Page Number 1
Registration Number RG09
Piece/Folio 2363 / 73
Affiliate Record Type Household

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.

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate location of residence

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
  • 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 in an area search
  • 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

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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, 1861." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 29 September 2016. From "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census." Database and images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing PRO RG 9. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
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