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The first ever national census in England and Wales was taken in 1801 but it wasn't until 1841 that the individual names of people living at addresses were entered and so it is this census which is the first of interest to genealogists.

A census has - with the exception of 1941 - been taken every decade since. Although a census was taken in 1931 the records were destroyed in a fire in 1942.

Due to privacy laws the census can only be made available to the public 100 years after it was taken.
The National Archives have made the censuses from 1841 through until 1921 available online and the most recent census open to scrutiny is the 1921 census.

In addition a free transcription of the 1881 census can also be seen on the internet at the International Genealogical Index website.

The local record office for each county hold each census for their particular area and local libraries may also hold copies for their area.

As with all transcriptions the original source should always be checked for accuracy. The original itself is prone to mistakes as often information was entered wrongly or incompletely by the compilers or the people themselves gave false information.

Otherwise the census is a rich resource for genealogists listing all occupants living at an address, their occupations and their relationship to one another. Exact ages and places of birth (except in 1841) are also given enabling a search of the baptism/birth records for a specific location and year.


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