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Censuses 1801-1831

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The first moden English census (1801) The first modern English census was taken on 10 March 1801. Subsequent censuses were taken on 27 May 1811, 28 May 1821 and 29 May 1831. Censuses started in Ireland in 1821 and in Scotland in 1841.

The first four English censuses mainly took the form of headcounts and contained little personal information. The National Archives state that they do not hold individual details, but that: "In a few cases, nominal lists created by local overseers for the purposes of calculating the headcounts survive locally." These records might list all persons or just the heads of households. The 1841 Census was the first to intentionally record the names of all individuals. The following books are recommended for details of what has remained.

The National Archives recommend...

Colin Chapman, Pre-1841 Censuses & Population Listings in the British Isles (Lochin Publishing, fifth edition)
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Jeremy Gibson, Local Census Listings 1522-1930: Holdings in the British Isles (Gibson guides) (Birmingham, 1997)
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