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Census Returns

Free Searches

Since 1999, FreeCen (from the same stable as FreeBMD and FreeREG) has been indexing UK census returns from 1841 to 1891. Coverage varies enormously, but some counties now have 100% coverage for one or more census years. Click here to see current FreeCEN coverage.

Census data can be searched on microfilm or microfiche at local libraries and LDS Church Family History Centres.

The National Archives of Ireland has now put online an almost complete set of census returns for all thirty two Irish counties for both 1901 and 1911. It is FREE to search and FREE to download images.


Chargeable Searches

Several sites have England and Wales census returns for 1841 to 1901 available either by subscription or on a PPV basis. Many allow free index searches , but this does not generally give access to household transcripts or images of census returns. Of those we list on our Getting Started page, all except My Heritage also have the 1911 census.


1911 Census

This census can be also viewed on the 1911 census website. Searches are free, but access to transcripts and images is currently only by PPV.

The 1911 Census is also available from findmypast.co.uk as a separate subscription package.





Page last modified: 11 February 2017