National Census Returns

National Census Returns

Great Britain | USA

Census extracts on, or potentially on, these pages are tabulated below.

Great Britain

Notes and Symbols

Icons Census Date National Archive
Class Number
Notes
1801 10 March 1801 In Great Britain, the National Census was taken every 10 years from 1801, except in the war year of 1941.

 

The Censuses of 1801 to 1831 were mostly statistical, and most returns have been destroyed.

1811 27 May 1811 
1821 28 May 1821 
1831 30 May 1831 
1841 6 June 1841HO107 Returns from 1841 - 1911 are held by the Public Record Office.
1851 1851 30 March 1851HO107
1861 1861 1861 7 April 1861RG9
1871 1871 1871 2 April 1871RG10
1881 1881 1881 3 April 1881RG11
1891 1891 1891 5 April 1891RG12
1901 1901 1901 31 March 1901RG13
1911 1911 1911 2 April 1911RG14
1921 1921 1921 19 June 1921  Returns for 1921 are held by the Office of National Statistics.
 1931 The 1931 returns were totally destroyed by fire on 19 December 1942.
1939 1393 1939 29 September 1939RG101On the outbreak of World War 2, National Identity Cards were issued to everyone resident in the UK,
thus providing what is in effect a National mini-census.

Symbols

1881 1881 1881 Round icons mark the first name under which a person is listed, square the second, and triangular the third.
A numbered icon indicates that the person appears more than once in the same census.
missing Shows a census entry I cannot find, but at a date I know the person was alive.
  Before person's birth. A birth/baptism date is given, if known.
  After person's death. A death/burial date is given, if known.
USA Shown in American censuses

Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Henry ADAMS 1799    1841 1851 1861  24 April 1863
Sarah Sophia ADAMS → Davis 1826    1841 1851
Elizabeth unknown → ADAMS 1804    1841 1851  29 December 1858
Caroline BARKER → SKIPPER 1818    1841 1851 1861  25 March 1871
Robert BARKER 1787    1841 1851 1861  27 September 1862
Charlotte BARRETT → SKIPPER 25 April 1830    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901 1911  13 February 1921
John BERRIMAN 24 April 1808    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  4 May 1887
John BERRIMAN 14 April 1844  1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901  20 January 1908
John BERRIMAN 21 December 1888  1841 1901 1911   1939  17 September 1962 
John Hall BERRIMAN 31 October 1918    1939  8 December 1989
John BLOWER 1766    1841  22 April 1844
John BLOWER 1796    1841 1851 1861  27 June 1864
Martha Blower → KIRK 23 April 1821    1841 1851 1861  5 January 1868
Frederic BONAS 4 June 1866  1871 1881 1841 1901 1911    11 January 1938
Jesse BONAS 8 February 1839  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  22 March 1891
Sybil May BONAS → Kirk 6 July 1890  1841 1901 1911   1939  18 October 1946
William BONAS 1789    1841 1851 1861 1871  1 March 1878
Kezia Bourne → LEE 13 November 1776    1841 1851  20 July 1860
Mary Brooks → CLIFT 22 April 1810    1841 1851  18 January 1860
Caroline Brown → WOOLLOTON 3 July 1803    1841 1851  15 October 1851
Thomas BROWN 1781    1841 1851  4 December 1851
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Hannah unknown → BROWN 1770    1841  20 August 1842
Frances Butcher → READ 1764  1801  4 September 1807
James CLIFT 11 February 1768    1841  27 January 1844
Jane CLIFT → POOLE ⇒ Lavender ⇛ Cockin 29 November 1866  1871 1881 1891 1901 1911    5 November 1934
Thomas CLIFT 25 December 1789    1841 1851 1861 1871  5 February 1873
William CLIFT 7 August 1819    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  10 April 1883
Elizabeth Collett → WHITEHOUSE ⇒ Coulson ⇛ HILL 9 January 1820    1841 1851 1861 1871  2 September 1872
Pamelo Cox → WALKER 23 August 1767    1841  12 October 1842
Esther DAVIES → WHITEHOUSE 17 January 1878  1881 1841 1901 1911   1939  4 July 1959
Henry DAVIES 11 January 1854  X 1871 1881 1891  1 March 1899
Joseph DAVIS 1795    1841 1851 1861  Dead by 1871
Levi DAVIS 1823    1841 1851
Mary Ann DAVIS → WALKER 1826    1841 1851 1861  22 October 1868
Lucy Freeman → READ 19 November 1812    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  23 August 1888
Elizabeth Gee → SHAW 1842  X X X 1881 1891 1901  16 April 1906
Elizabeth Gilbert → MEEKS 1774    1841 1851  23 August 1853
Harriet Goodbody → BARRETT 7 July 1802    1841
William GOODBODY 20 July 1782    1841 1851 1861  16 March 1864
Elizabeth GROVE → POOLE 17 October 1830    1841 1851 1861  28 July 1866
James GROVE 1792    1841 1851  3 October 1854
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Elizabeth unknown → GROVE 1799    1841 1851 1861  20 March 1863
Thomas HABGOOD 26 February 1769    1841  26 December 1850
John HALL 2 April 1843  1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901 1911   28 January 1914
Joseph HALL 24 June 1867  1871 1881 1841 1901 1911   1 October 1914
Mabel HALL → BERRIMAN 24 July 1892  1901 1911   1939  23 November 1945
Richard HALL 20 January 1805    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  22 October 1886
Elizabeth Hallman → POOLE 1796    1841 1851 1861  26 January 1869
Abigail HEAD → CLIFT ⇒ POOLE 25 December 1834  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911   2 March 1912
George HEAD 21 March 1808    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  4 December 1889
Mary Heaven → STANIER before 1828    X 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841  13 April 1894
Mary Henley → SHAW 1805    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  20 September 1889
Susanna Hill → RISDON 1788    1841 1851  13 March 1852
Elizabeth Hingley → DAVIS 1798    1841 1851 1861 1871  3 November 1878
Jane Hipkiss → HEAD 11 October 1812    1841 1851 1861 1871  3 June 1879
Ruth Hobgood → Simmonds ⇒ MIDDLETON 2 May 1802    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  11 July 1883
Mary Hudson → GOODBODY 13 April 1783    1841 1851  28 January 1860
Mary Merrington Jakins → MEEKS 22 September 1816    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841  25 December 1899
Hannah James → WHITMEE 1759    1841 1851  3 January 1852
Jonas JEAKINS 1 May 1791    1841 1851 1861 1871  1 March 1873
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Martha KIMBER → STANIER ⇒ Shuttleworth 18 September 1851  1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911    13 February 1933
Thomas KIMBER 1803    1841 1851  13 June 1858
Alexander Leahair KIRK 22 November 1893  1901 1911    22 January 1939
John KIRK 1818    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  28 May 1886
Robert KIRK 1 December 1858  1861 1871 1881 1841 1901 1911    3 May 1931
Thomas KIRK 13 December 1790    X  13 November 1847
Violet Sybil Kirk → BERRIMAN 23 May 1923     18 March 1998 
Mary Large → LEE 1819    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  17 June 1881
Abraham LEAHAIR 13 July 1789    1841 1851 1861 1871  18 July 1879
Eleanor Amelia LEAHAIR → KIRK 5 August 1858  1861 1871 1881 1891  7 September 1900
Thomas LEAHAIR 1818    X 1861 1861 1871 1881 1891  28 Septmber 1899
Edwin LEE 3 August 1814    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  3 January 1887
Mary LEE → WHITEHOUSE 19 April 1848  1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911  16 August 1913
Richard LEE 25 January 1777    1841 1851 1861  15 December 1865
Harriet Lightfoot → Leake ⇒ KIMBER ⇛ RICKUS 1813    1841 1851 1861 1871  11 June 1875
Elizabeth Martyn → WEBB 1810    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841   2 January 1892
Charles MEEKS 1806    1841 1851 1861  2 December 1864
Henry MEEKS 1 November 1840  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841  17 November 1897
Louisa MEEKS → HALL 22 May 1866  1871 1881 1841 1901 1911    11 October 1931
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Edith Mounsey → JEAKINS 1785    1841 1851 1861 1871  2 May 1871
Mary Norman → SARLL 1800    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  18 March 1887
Elizabeth Old → WHITMEE 27 October 1783    1841 In USA  13 February 1875
Mary Petit → WHITMEE 15 February 1818    1841 1851 1861 1871  13 June 1871
James PETTIT 27 November 1791    1841 1851 1861 1871  25 March 1872
John PETTIT 5 January 1757    1841  4 November 1842
Joseph POOL 22 June 1788    1841 1851 1861 missing  15 August 1878
Joshua Cornelius POOLE 29 August 1899  1901 1911   1939  16 October 1971
Maris Doreen POOLE → Stanier 28 January 1925     27 September 2016
Richard POOLE 1829    1841 1851 1861 missing missing 1891 missing  14 November 1905
William POOLE 22 June 1864  1871 1881 1841 1901  11 May 1905
James READ 27 January 1786    1841 1851  11 March 1858
James [Edward] READ 1811    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841  29 Feb 1896
Mabel Eleanor READ → STANIER 23 December 1887  1841 1901 1911   1939  1 April 1973
William READ 1758  1801 1811    12 November 1840
William Charles READ 29 November 1841  1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901 1911    9 June 1922
Christopher RISDON 11 June 1771    1841 1851  6 November 1852
Elizabeth Risdon → BERRIMAN 1813    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  26 March 1891
Elizabeth SARLL → MEEKS 1833  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901  6 July 1906
John SARLL 1793    1841 1851 1861 1871  1 February 1877
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Edwin SHAW 2 June 1833  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901 1911  19 December 1913 
Lizzie SHAW → STANIER 13 August 1871  1881 1841 1901 1911   1939  27 December 1950
William SHAW 1802    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  15 December 1884
Mary SIMMONDS → STEVENS 26 January 1831    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Harriet SKIPPER → BONAS 12 January 1868  1871 1881 1891 1901 1911   1939  14 July 1955
Susan SKIPPER → BONAS 20 October 1842  1851 1861 1871 1881  22 April 1886
William SKIPPER 1820    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841  26 March 1892
William SKIPPER12 February 1786    1841 1851  11 March 1856
John STANIER 7 February 1822    1841 1851 1861  12 November 1869
Roger William STANIER 30 June 1924     9 February 2016
William STANIER 18 August 1788    1841  3 January 1848
William STANIER 1847  1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901  21 December 1905
William Edwin STANIER 11 August 1894  1901 1911   1939  19 September 1967
William John STANIER 16 January 1871  1871 1881 1841 1901 1911   1939  1 December 1939
Joseph STEVENS 3 February 1833  1841 1851 1861 1871  31 May 1877
Reuben STEVENS 20 June 1802    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  4 September 1886
Sarah Elizabeth STEVENS → READ 11 April 1860  1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911    26 December 1926
Ann Tilcock → HALL 5 June 1812    1841 1851 1861  6 December 1867
William TILCOCK 1795    1841 1851 1861  10 July 1865
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  
Elizabeth Tilthorpe → SKIPPER 1785    1841 1851 1861  19 March 1856
Joseph WALKER 1826    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881  30 May 1884
Phebe WALKER → DAVIES 25 January 1855  1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911    1 June 1930
Roshannah WALKER 1800    1841 1851 1861  5 November 1867
Ann Wane → STANIER 1787    1841 1851 1861  9 November 1863
Ann Waylen → STEVENS 1794    1841 1851 1861 1871  22 June 1876
Mary Ann WEBB → BERRIMAN 18 June 1843  1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911  7 August 1919
Richard WEBB 15 January 1809    1841 1851 1861 1871  17 November 1879
Elizabeth Wells → BONASS 27 October 1808    1841  5 February 1851
William WELLS 1764    1841  17 July 1850
Elsie Whitehouse → POOLE 21 September 1901  1911   1939  14 November 1979
Mark WHITEHOUSE 24 November 1877  1881 1841 1901 1911    4 October 1938
Thomas WHITEHOUSE 1820    1841  20 September 1848
Thomas WHITEHOUSE 11 December 1848  1851 1861 1871 1881 1841 1901 1911    24 February 1929
Eliza WHITMEE → HALL 27 June 1837  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901  11 November 1904
Peter WHITMEE 25 June 1815    1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1841  23 March 1895
Thomas WHITMEE 3 August 1786    1841 USA  4 July 1858
Anna Wigg → WELLS 29 October 1779    1841 1851 1861  28 December 1863
Georgiana Harriet WOOLLOTON → LEAHAIR 1831  1841 1851 1861 1871  21 March 1872
Mary Wroot → LEAHAIR 1761    1841 1851  29 April 1859
Census Returns for pre-1841 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1939  

The following table shows people that are not listed above, as no census records for them have been found. But they were alive in the period 1801 to 1831, so it is possible that pre-1841 census listings for them still exist.

All currently-known pre-1841 National Census returns are listed in Wall, R., Woollard, M. and Moring, B, 'Census schedules and listings, 1801-1831: an introduction and guide', Research Tools, No 2 (Colchester, University of Essex, Department of History. 2nd edition published December 2012). None of those below are listed, but are perhaps still to be found.

Name in the period 1801 - 1831 Alive at the date of census? Place
10 March
1801
27 May
1811
28 May
1821
30 May
1831
Elizabeth ADAMS Yes???Aston-juxta-Birmingham WAR
Thomas ADAMS Yes???Aston WAR
John BARRETT ?YesYesYesWest Rudham NFK
Esther BERRIMAN YesYesYesYesKilkhampton CON
William BERRIMAN YesYesYesYesKilkhampton CON
William BETTERIDGE YesYesYesNoBrailes WAR
Ann BLOWER YesYesYesYesBaddesley Ensor WAR
John BROOKS Yes???Dudley WOR
Jane CHANDLER → (1809) HIPKISS YesYes??Old Swinford WOR or Halesowen WOR
Elizabeth CLIFT YesNoNoNoCradley WOR
Mary CLIFT YesYesNoNoCradley WOR
Samuel CLIFT YesYesYesNoCradley WOR
Esther COLLETT YesYes??Dudley WOR
Samuel COLLETT YesYes??Dudley WOR
Noah DAVIS ?YesYes?Birmingham WAR
Elizabeth DUTTON YesYesYesYesMancetter WAR
Frances DUTTON → (1814) BLOWER YesYesYesYesMancetter WAR
Joseph DUTTON fl1797 ????Mancetter WAR
Lucy FREEMAN NoNoYesYesMarylebone MDX
William FREEMAN YesYes??Marylebone MDX
Elizabeth GOODBURY YesYesYesYesEast Rudham NFK
John GOODBURY YesYesYesYesEast Rudham NFK
Mary GOODMAN → (1810) MARTYN YesYes??Whitestone CON or Morwenstow CON
Richard HALL YesYesNoNoTempsford BDF
Richard HALL YesYesNoNoTempsford BDF
Sarah HALL YesNoNoNoTempsford BDF
Sarah HALL Yes???Tempsford BDF
Ann HAPGOOD YesYesYesYesHam WIL
Elizabeth HARRIS → (1814) PETTIT YesYesYes?Astwood BKM
Elizabeth HARRIS → (1819) DAVIS ?YesYes?Birmingham WAR
Abigail HEAD Yes???Billingsley SAL
Francis HEAD Yes???Billingsley SAL
Timothy HIPKISS YesYes??Halesowen WOR
Daniel LE HAIR YesYesYesYesThorney CAM
William MARTYN Yes???Whitstone CON
Thomas MEEKS YesYesNoNoPotton BDF
Joanna PERKIN → (1807) WEBB YesYes??Week St Mary CON
Mary PETTIT YesYesYesNoStagsden BDF
Joseph POOLE YesYesYesNoHagley WOR
Ann POOLE YesYesYesNoHagley WOR
Mary SARLL YesYesYesNoGamlingay CAM
William SARLL YesYesYesYesGamlingay CAM
Lucy SIMMONDS → (December 1811) TILCOCK YesYes??Sandy BDF
John SIMMONDS ?YesYesYesFroxfield WIL or Ham WIL
Alice STEVENS Yes???Devizes WIL
William STEVENS Yes???Southbroom WIL
William TILCOCK ????Sandy BDF
Ann TILCOCK ????Sandy BDF
Cornelius WALKER YesYes??Cradley WOR
James WEBB YesYes??Whitstone CON
William WELLS YesYes??Cranworth cum Letton NFK or Castle Acre NFK
Catherine WEST → (1823) LEAHAIR ?YesYes?Great Berkhampstead HRT or Islington MDX
James WHITEHOUSE ?YesYesYesRowley Regis STS
Elizabeth WHITMEE YesYesNoNoOlney BKM
Thomas WHITMEE YesYesYesYesOlney BKM (1810, 1811), Odell BDF (1821, 1831)
Thomas Henry WOOLLOTON NoYesYesYesSt Pancras MDX or Holborn MDX
Thomas WILSON ?YesYesYesCradley WOR

United States

In the US, the Federal Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790, pursuant to Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution:

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

Much of the 1790 Census was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812.

The dates of the Federal Censuses in these webpages are:

ICONCensus
Date
Reference
Class
Notes
1850 1 June 1850 M432 The Census Date is the date on which enumeration started, and the returns should record the family as it was on that date, including the details of people who have died after the census date, and omitting those born after it. The enumeration took many weeks, the actual collection date being given on the return. Changes to the family situations between the census and actual collection dates may have influenced the returns.
1860 1 June 1860 M653
1870 1 June 1870 M593
  1 June 1880 T9
2 June 1890 M407 The 1890 Census was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1921.
1 June 1900 T623
15 April 1910 T624
1 January 1920 T625
1 April 1930 T626
1 April 1940 T627

Census Returns for 1850 1860 1870
Elizabeth Old → WHITMEE 1850 1850 1850
Thomas WHITMEE 1850  4 July 1858


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