A big thankyou to the large number of KS that replied to my query..
Such a variety of suggestions and web sites to investigate.
I also received a number of requests for copies of the replies to be posted
onto the list.
So for all those interested in hunting out other areas in England that may have
the 1851 census indexed, these are some of the replies I received:
As Stuart Moverley said, virtually the whole census has been transcribed,
some counties or districts by individuals but most by the respective County
Family History Societies. Few if any will be on-line but you could find
out about other availability through the GENUKI Web site.
The NZSG transcribed the whole of Cornwall and this has been published in
District booklets - about 35 from memory - which you can buy from them.
Jeremy Gibson publishes a booklet called "Marriage, Census & Other Indexes"
which you might find in your public library, local branch of the NZSG or
could buy from Beehive Books in Auckland.
Go to: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~bewickgenealogy/
It is just 2% of the 1851 census.
Gordon W. Beavington has indexed Gloucester and Bristol and is in
the process of indexing East Zomerzet (Somerset). See URL for
details: he produces the results on CD (which I have, and am
I am aware that Somerset and Dorset FHS have indexed Dorset in
detail and Somerset on a name only basis. Most other counties
have been indexed to some degree for 1851 by FHS or individual,
often though, without a lot of detail: the problem is knowing
where to find them, although the relevant lists and look-up
exchanges are the best place to start.
Although, I hear, one or two FHS are rather niggardly and
backward looking and require payment for look-ups by snail mail
:-( so one needs to check out their web pages too! Not a great
deal for overseas researchers unless they offer Visa etc.
Various parts of the country have been indexed by the relevant FHS or
by individuals. For example, I've got ...
Boston RD,Lincs. ('fiche)
Gainsborough RD,Lincs. ('fiche)
Depending on what you're looking for, try the local FHS's website first.
The only areas I know about are Somerset,Gloucester and Bristol. These have
been transcribed. Full details are at this web address
Lee, I don't know if this is helpful but the Oxford Family History Society
do look ups of the 1851 census for Oxfordshire by surname for a small fee.
For your info., below is the *standard response* to questions re indexed
and unindexed censuses, as most censuses are unindexed and not available on
CD. However it would be worth checking the web sites of the Family History
Societies for the counties you are interested in, as bits and pieces of
indexing may be available through them,or at county record offices. Genuki
will list the FHSs and county record offices under the counties. Some
printed surname indexes done by FHSs will also be available at major
genealogical or public libraries.
(1) If you are requesting help with the 1851 or 1881 censuses for Devon,
both of which are indexed, you should provide first name and surname, an
approximate birth date and any likely birth or census locations. This will
narrow the search for any <sks> (= some kind soul) who has these records,
and may help them to find the information you want among possibly 100s of
entries. Please note that the 1851 census is only indexed and available on
CD or microfiche for Devon, Norfolk and Warwickshire, and like the 1881
census, can be purchased quite cheaply on CD from the LDS Distribution
Centre for your country.
(2) If you are requesting help with the Devon censuses for 1841 (the first
complete census with names), 1861, 1871 and 1891 (the latest census
currently available), then your best source of help is yourself. These
censuses are not indexed and are only available for viewing on film at the
UK Public Record Office and the relevant County Record Offices, or on order
for viewing at your local LDS Family History Centre for a small fee. Some
censuses may also be available at major Genealogical Society libraries. In
addition lookups in the 1891 census for about 200 Devon parishes are
available at the Devon Lookup Exchange at
(3) If you are looking for someone in a large town or city in these
unindexed censuses, you need an address or at least a parish or district,
which you can get from an English birth, death or marriage certificate.
Otherwise you may have to order in a number of films from the relevant
town, and then plough through all of them a process that can take many
hours. For example searching Plymouth or Stoke Dameral would take at least
several hours, and possibly as long as a day.
(4) To find the relevant film numbers for the area you want, for smaller
places go to the Family Search Site on the net at <
> and use custom search to find the LDS
Locality Catalogue, or use the microfiche version at a Family History
Centre. For large city locations its worth going to an LDS Centre and
consulting the street index to the relevant census. This is on fiche and
should provide the film number which covers the area in which your street
is located. However you may need the help of library staff to crack the
system, as its a two or three step process !