Notes About Census Records
The first National Census
of the UK took place in 1841 and the census has since been carried out every
decade on the year ending in 1, i.e. 1851, 1861 etc., there is a hundred year
closure on the census details and currently they can only be viewed up to
The 1841 census contained
only limited information and ages of adults were often rounded down to the
I have presented the census
information as it was recorded, therefore there will be errors and discrepancies
particularly regarding ages and places of birth.
Another thing to bear in mind
is that county boundaries have changed over time, so for example places that
were once in Surrey or Middlesex were later included in London.
I have chosen to present the
census details because they do tell us a great deal about the families of
our ancestors, not only do we see a snapshot of families on the census dates
but we can sometimes follow the history of a family through several decades.