London Census data from 1841-1911
now available in the comfort of your own home
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The London Census is a great way of finding ancestors
who lived in the capital. London Census data is available on CD-ROM
and/or online for the years 1841,
1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. The 1911 census is only available online.
On this website, you will find some practical information
about the London Census from 1841 to 1911
and how to use it to research your family history.
Have a look at our London Census Introduction page to find out how the London Census can help you find
your ancestors and build your family tree.
The London Census Case Studies show entries for Charles Dickens, Florence
Nightingale, William Gladstone, James Whistler and Isambard Kingdom
Brunel in the London Census.
Fascinating facts relating to London life between 1841
and 1901 can be found on the London
Facts page. On the London Census Links page
you’ll find sites that will help you with your research
for London and across the country.
a man is tired of London, he is tired of life;
for there is in London all that
life can afford.”
Country-wide Census CD-ROMs & Online Subscriptions
The census for counties across the country is available on CD-ROM
and online as images, indexes and transcripts. To find out about digitised images of all the original enumerators’
records see the Census CDs page.
Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.
Case Study - Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist who achieved lasting fame by producing considerable evidence that the species came about through evolutionary change.