Devon 1901 Census Transcriptions - Main Registration District Index


1901 Devon Census

Transcriptions of pages
Contributed by Devon Researchers

The 1901 Census for England and Wales is now online and you can search the indexes for free.  You can chose to either view a whole census page or alternatively, the transcription of a household - both on a "pay per view basis".  It is cheaper to view a whole census page and of course you might find another relation hiding on the same page.  The census scans that you can pay to download are viewable and printable from various imaging software that you may already have on your system.  But one program that I have found to be very good for viewing these scans is IrfanView - a freeware program that can be downloaded from the Irfanview Website

This section began as a result of me transcribing the 1901 census pages that I had downloaded for my own ancestors, but has grown rapidly since its launch, through the kind contributions of others.  More pages are always sought, so if you have some you can contribute, or could help with occasional transcribing, then please click here for more details.  

Pages transcribed so far have been divided into Registration Districts and are linked below.

I have been advised that there is another website called 1901 Leftovers collecting transcriptions of pages from the 1901 Census for the whole of England and Wales... so if you any to share, you might like to contribute.

Registration Districts

A list of Piece Numbers and their associate Registration District, as used in the Devon 1901 Census can be found here

Note: Only Underlined Districts have pages from the 1901 Census at the moment.

Axminster East Stonehouse Newton Abbott St. Thomas
Barnstaple Exeter Okehampton Tavistock
Bideford Holsworthy Plymouth Tiverton
Crediton Honiton Plympton St. Mary Torrington
Devonport Kingsbridge South Molton Totnes

Notes on Census Scans

The census images that you view can be downloaded and saved to your computer as .tif files.  But I recommend that you save them with the filename that is given, or at least retain this as part of your re-named file.  Why? Well, because this reference actually provides the PRO Reference of RG13, along with the Piece, Folio and Page number for the page - you can work this out from the example here:


Folio numbers only occur every other page - so looking at the page at a later date when you are trying to reference your finds and you might find that yours is missing!  Of course a major disaster if you want to reference your finds properly.  These references are not included in the indexes, so once lost, to retrieve them you would have to pay to view the scan again!  So worth remembering.

I  have complained that these page references should be freely available to us, even in the indexes.  It would help us to determine if we had found the family and should be freely available for people who can search microfiche/film for themselves.  AGREE with me?  Then please Contact 1901 Census, click on Contact Us and finally Feedback.  For those in the UK, you could also write to your local M.P. 

Have you any 1901 Census data for Devon that you can contribute
or some spare time to occasionally transcribe pages?

If you have pages that you can contribute and can send me them as .tif files, I will be happy to transcribe and present them on this website, with acknowledgement to the contributor.  I will also be happy to receive transcriptions of full pages or "Devon Strays" in most other formats.    So please help this section grow... 


What can you contribute?

  • Whole census pages for any place that came under the County of Devon in 1901.
  • Devon Strays... any household in any County that includes someone born in Devon.  For people in an Institutions outside Devon I will just include an "individual" and the name of the Institution.
  • Crew lists from ships that include people born in Devon - whole pages, if possible please.

Alternatively if you have Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Works and could transcribe the page for me, then this would be most appreciated and speed up the time it takes for records to appear online.  If anyone could occasionally transcribe pages for me, then I would greatly appreciate your help.

I can e-mail a spreadsheet that I have set up in either Microsoft Works or Excel, no knowledge of either of these is needed other than being able to use the TAB key... it is easy - honest!

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