The census in the UK is taken every 10 years, the first being in 1801, but
it was not until 1841 that any information of interest to family historians
was included. The census is subject to the hundred-year rule, The next one
to be released will be the one taken on 2nd April 1911- we only have to wait
until 1st January 2012.
This is the current situation regarding the various census returns that are
1841 census, 7th June.
NOT indexed, is filmed, but very difficult to read. Does not give place of
birth, only an indication of whether the person was born in or outside of
Devon. Ages are not exact for adults but rounded down to the nearest five,
children's ages under 15 should be correct (or as correct as census ages
1851 census, 30th March.
FULLY indexed for Devon, Warwickshire & Norfolk available on a CD from LDS.
Is filmed. Surname indexes for Devon also available from DFHS see the
Society's publications page- web site address www.Devonfhs.org.uk
1861 census, 7th April.
NOT YET indexed, DFHS have just started an indexing project, is filmed.
1871 census, 2nd April.
NOT indexed, is filmed
1881 census, 3rd April.
FULLY indexed for the whole of England, Scotland & Wales, available on a set
of CDs from LDS, is filmed, also online at www.familysearch.com
1891 census, 5th April.
IN the process of being transcribed for Devon by FreeCen project- some
completed parts are available on the internet at Genuki on
1901 census, 31st March,
Available on the internet, the index is free, everything else is pay per
view, available at http://www.census.pro.gov.uk/index.html
, is filmed
Various commercial companies are in the process of putting census on to CD
ROM, most are using facsimiles of census returns, taken from microfilm.
Costs vary greatly.
You will also find portions of census which have been transcribed or indexed
privately for the OPC project etc on Devon-L and these can be located
through the relevant Genuki Devon parish pages. Go to
ALL filmed census are available at / or can be ordered in to view at LDS
Family History Centres all around the world.
If you have access to Tree House in Exeter or the West Country Studies
library the census are available to view at both places.
As with all indexes and transcriptions it is highly recommended that you
check any information obtained with original documents- which in the case of
the census means the microfiche or film or the commercially obtainable CDs
which are putting the film or fiche images onto CD.
Errors can be made due to poor quality of writing or misunderstanding the
ditto signs used in the address column on the enumerator's sheets. This can
lead to all sorts of problems such as on the 1851 and the 1881 LDS CDs where
half the population on Plympton Ridgeway is in The George and the other half
in The Plymouth Inn. Or in Kingskerswell in the 1851 LDS transcription CD
where it seems half the population lives in Southernay House.
OPC (online Parish Clerk for Torquay) and DFHS representative on Devon-L
Visit my web site at www.leaman.freeserve.co.uk
for information and photos
E-mail:- terry(a)leaman.freeserve.co.uk . Member of DFHS.
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