England and Wales Census, 1881 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England and Wales Census, 1891
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1891
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The National Archives

What is in This Collection?

The 1891 census taken on the night of 5 April 1891 gave the total population as 33,015,701. 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.

Collection Content

Census records usually contain the following information:

  • Town, district, parish and county where census was taken
  • Given name and surname of each household member
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Age of each person on last birthday
  • Marital status and occupation of each household member
  • Birth place for each member
  • Any physical impairments
  • May also list the birth country for people born outside of England

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  • Names may be spelled phonetically (or as they sounded to the census taker).
  • Given names may not be the same as a name recorded in church or vital records.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"England and Wales Census, 1891."Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census." Database and images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing PRO RG 12. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

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