Archive for the ‘UK Census’ Category

UK 1871 Census Online at

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The 1871 UK census was continued the genealogical value of censuses due to using names, especially first and last, and in this census, including further value-added information of mental/physical condition of members of society that otherwise would not have been accounted for. Despite this listing, however, few people enumerated their relatives in this manner until later years when the categories were treated more sensitive phraseology. Click here to access the 1871 UK Census at

Questions Asked in the 1871 Census
Column 1- Schedule number
Column 2- Street name, name/number of house
Column 3- House
Column 4- Name and surname
Column 5- Relationship to head of family
Column 6- Marital status
Column 7- Ages listed with separate columns for males and females
Column 8- Profession, occupation, or rank
Column 9- Where born- county/place
Column 10- Whether deaf, dumb, blind, imbecile, idiot, or lunatic as designated by numbers

Why This Database is So Valuable 
Census records are valuable since they can tell you where a person lived at a certain place and time. Censuses were conducted by the federal government and will offer a variety of information, depending on year. Census records can answer questions like where your ancestors were living at the time the census was taken, who they were living with, what their occupations were, who their neighbors were, if they had any brothers and sisters, what their ages were at the time of the census and if they had any disabilities.

Next Steps
With the information you gain from these census records, you will have the information you need to search for vital records in the locality where you found your ancestor. Also, the fact that census returns are taken every ten years also allows you to track the movements of our ancestors through time as they perhaps move house, get married, have children or even change occupations.

Find My Past Partners With, Inc.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

UK Censuses To Be Online at

PROVO, UT, March, 2008 —Find My Past, a family history and genealogy website based in London, England, containing over 550 million family history records recently announced its partnership with, Inc. to bring UK Censuses online at (a service of, Inc.).

“I really admire what Paul is doing at We are excited to have our census records as part of the’s subscription because it will make our census records more accessible to an American audience who probably wouldn’t think of using our company as the first place to look for these records,” said Elaine Collins, Commercial Director, Find My Past. “We are also excited for this partnership because has a successful track record and will continue to succeed in the genealogical industry.”

The UK census records comprise’s largest database in the World Collection. As part of this agreement, WorldVitalRecords has already added the 1861, 1881 and 1891 censuses to its collection. These records are the official civil registration records for England and Wales from 1837 to the present (2008). More census records will be periodically posted county by county throughout the year. These censuses include images, and also a key-word searchable index.

“Census data is the heart of genealogical research. We have been working for several months to provide this core collection to our extended network of family historians and genealogists. These records include millions of names; individuals who came before us and who have left legacies that can enrich our lives,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition,, Inc.

Census records are the number one resource for researching British ancestors. The census is used hand in hand with parish registers and shows families in groups, rather than single individuals. The census also gives ages, professions, birth places, and other useful information. These records, when completely posted by the end of the year, will comprise’s first international census collection.

“We have worked with UK data archives–the academic offshoot of University of Essex–to enhance our data and to make sure it is the most accurate and searchable product that is available on the market. We are constantly improving it as well,” Collins said.


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About Find My Past is a family history and genealogy website based in London, England, containing over 550 million family history records, with more being added all the time. Formerly named, we were the first to put the birth, marriage and death records of England and Wales online, for the purpose of allowing public access to the indexes, previously only available to search at certain locations in England. This achievement garnered the prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2007. was acquired by Scotland Online in December 2007 as part of their vision to develop a world class family history resource.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team,, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records– makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Wonderbase of the Week: 1891 UK Census

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week is the 1891 UK Census. The 1891 UK Census is a very important part of the World Collection. Click here to access the database (You must have access to the World Collection to access this database.) Since 1841, the census was taken every ten years in England and Wales. It provides a wealth of genealogical information for someone with ancestors from the Victorian era.

The UK 1891 Census was taken on the night of April 5, 1891 and gave the total population as 28,999,725. It contains the following details for each registered participant: full name, address, relation to the head of the household, marital status, gender, exact age, occupation, parish and county of birth, medical disabilities and employment status. The information given in the census paints a clear and colorful picture of life in 1891.

The transcriptions are posted today for the census and the images will be linked to the transcriptions next week.

Wonderbase of the Week: 1881 UK Census

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week is the 1881 UK Census. Click here to access the database (You must have access to the World Collection to access this database.). The 1881 UK Census is a very important part of the World Collection. It was taken on April 3, 1881 and contains approximately 26 million names (26,094,304). This census covers England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Isle of Man.

The 1881 census includes the following information for each person enumerated: name, address, relation to head of family, marital status, gender, age, profession and birthplace. This census can be very valuable in determining family relationships, birth dates and locations as well as other genealogical information.