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- 1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census
Records in this collection
- 1790 Corfe Castle & District Census
- 1801 Kent, Dartford census
- 1821 Kent, Dartford census
- 1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1861 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1871 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1891 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1901 England, Wales & Scotland Census
- 1911 England & Wales Census
- 1939 Register
- 1939 Register Original Forms
- Boyd's inhabitants of London & family units, 1200-1946
- Cheshire Electoral Registers
- Cheshire Land Tax Assessments 1786-1832
- City of York deeds registers 1718-1866
- Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Electoral Registers 1780-1973
- Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Land Tax and Valuation Records 1897-1949
- England, Pollbooks and Directories 1830-1837
- Kent, Bromley Absent Voters List 1918
- Known missing places from 1939 Register
- London, Westminster Marylebone Census 1821 & 1831
- Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832-1915
- Northamptonshire Freeholders 1795-1797
- Northamptonshire Hearth Tax, 1674
- Rate Books
- UK Electoral Registers 2002-2014
- Wales, Monmouthshire Electoral Registers 1839-1889
- Westminster Roman Catholic Census 1893
The amount of information listed varies, but the 1851 census records usually include the following information about your ancestor:
As well as searching for a person, you can also search the 1851 census by address - ideal for tracing your house history or exploring the local history of an area.
By noting how many households there were in a building, and whether the household included servants or boarders or visitors, you can gain insight into the social circumstances of the family.
Discover more about the 1851 UK census
When the 1851 census was taken on 30 March total population was recorded as 17,922,768.
The golden rule of any historical research is to check the original historical record, or "primary source", wherever possible, and we have provided clear images of the original census enumeration books for you to view once you've found the right family in the indexes.
When using census returns, once you have located your ancestor in the census, you should then view the original images to validate your findings. The image of the original document will also help you see the household in the context of surrounding households as all the information will be provided in one clear place, as it was originally written down.
The original documents would have been given to your ancestor several days before the March 30th date, and the head of household would have been asked to fill in the details for anyone who would have been residing at that address on the census date. Of course, illiteracy was high in 1851, and anyone unable to read or write would have made use of an enumerator - a literate person who would be collecting the census forms - to help fill in the details. Because of this, however, you may note mistakes that were made, such as name spellings. It should also be noted that many people were often economical with the truth when it came to their ages.
Note: the census includes details of people resident in docked vessels and institutions such as prisons, workhouses, hospitals, and barracks, as well as individual households.
A small number of permanent gaps exist in the 1851 census. In the enumeration books the following parishes and hamlets are permanently missing from these piece numbers. Some of these parishes and hamlets represent the entirety of the piece, while others are just portions of a piece.
|1762||Cambridgeshire and Suffolk||Parish: Ashley-cum-Silverley|
|1763||Cambridgeshire and Suffolk||Parish: Dalham|
|Hatfield-Broad-Oak or Hatfield Regis|
|Hinton St Mary|
|Shillingstone or Shilling-Okeford|
In addition, the census returns of the following localities have been damaged by water during storage. Most of the damaged pieces are in the area of Manchester.
|2332||Yorkshire||Parish: Broadroyd Head|
|Cudworth with High & Low Cudworth|
|Darton Lane Head|
|Darton with Blacker|
|Staincross & Swallow Hill|
|Birth in Rusholme|
|Newton with Culcheth & Kirkmanshulme|
|Knott Lanes with Lees|
|Knott Lanes & Wood Park|
|Oldham (St Mary"s, St Peter"s, Wernet, and Westwood Wards)|