FreeCEN - UK Census Online Project

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UK Census Online
"Bringing YOUR ancestors to YOU, free of charge!"

Have YOU ever thought of the benefit of the U.K. Census data being centrally available on ONE database, and being able to trace your ancestors from 1841 to 1891?

This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns.

FreeCEN is part of FreeUKGEN, an initiative aimed at helping make high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently and freely available online, in a coherent, easy to access and search, information retrieval system.
Other projects associated with the FreeUKGEN initiative are FreeBMD and FreeREG


Many volunteers world-wide are working on the transcription.

The number of volunteers has grown since its inception in 1999 to 125 in December 2000. It doubled to 250 for June 2001, over 500 in 2003 and currently has 2000+ as of July 2005.

We are constantly looking for new volunteers. We need help with Transcribing and Checking. We transcribe and check from Micro Fiche and from CD's, so you have a choice depending upon which Census year you volunteer to help with. To contact the Coordinator for a County that you are interested in helping with, please look at the Transcription page.

As well as the 1891 Census we are also working on the 1841. 1851, 1861 and 1871 census. We are continually adding new transcriptions. For further details of how we are progressing please look at the following statistics page on

Please remember to keep coming back to check as we add more Census DATA.

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 Information about Coverage

Database Coverage
Recent Additions

 Information for Transcribers

A Brief History of Project
and present Team

 Software and FC Tools

Software to do it
FC Tools

County Projects

County sub-projects
Donating transcripts
About Volunteering


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If you see errors while using this web site, or while submitting entries to the database, please report them to, saying what you were doing (i.e. submitting, searching), the URL and the exact time (and timezone) that this happened. Thank you.

Copyright ©2000-2005 FreeCEN

We make no warranty whatsoever as to the accuracy and completeness of the FreeCEN data.

Last update
1 December 2005/DN