Somerset 1861 (Source: Somerset Archives)
The Somerset Online Census Project is a global project working for present and future Somerset family historians. Anyone anywhere can work for the project and when it is complete, no one will ever have to pay to access a transcript of the Somerset census returns. The Somerset Online Census Project is part of Free Census and is run by Geoff Jarvis. If you would like to volunteer or want further information, contact Geoff.
The project is part of the Free Census Project which is transcribing ALL of the UK 19th century census returns in order to create an online free-to-view searchable database. It is part of an initiative helping to make high quality primary (or near primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently and freely available online.
In early 878 Danish invaders forced King Alfred to take refuge in the Somerset levels on the Isle of Atheney. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle he and the people of Somerset fought off the Danes at Sedgemoor and Alfred then rode to Selwood and met "Sumorsaete Ealle" (all the people of Somerset). This was the first known reference to the people of Somerset. The phrase 'Sumorsaete Ealle' has been adopted by the Somerset County Council as their motto, and is incorporated into their Coat of Arms.
We have so far been unable to find a phrase which so aptly sums up the intent of this project - to record all the people of Somerset. We have therefore adopted it as the title for this web page.
|Some Interesting Facts
1821 - Almost half the population of England was under 20 years of age, compared to just over a quarter today.
In 1971, just before the boundary changes in 1974, the population of Somerset was 682,664.
Source: 200 years of the Census in Somerset, Office of National Statistics, Titchfield, Hants.