Census Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a census?

A. A census is a complete population count for a given area or place taken on a specific date. The 1841 census is considered to be the first modern UK census.

Q. What information can I find in the census?

A. Details vary for each census return, with the 1911 census being the most detailed. You can see what's included on UK Census Online in the table below:

1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1871 Census 1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census
Name Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Age Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Sex Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Occupation Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Address Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Place of Birth Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Relation to head Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Marital status Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Employment status Tick Tick Tick
Nationality Tick
Duration of current marriage Tick
No. of children that were born Tick
No. of children that are living Tick
No. of children that died Tick

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