St Anne's 1901 census sample

A page from the St Anne's-on-the-Sea 1901 census

UK censuses have taken place every ten years since 1801, with some exceptions. The first four censuses 1801, 1811, 1821, 1831 were mainly statistical and did not record personal information. In some instances more detailed information has survived, for example, lists of names. The 1841 Census was the first to record names of all individuals in a household or institution.

Record Offices usually have microfilmed copies of the censuses that have been released for general viewing: 1840 to 1901, and some of the larger offices have the 1911 census, though a private company charges for general online access to this.

The information presented here is in the form of indexes which hopefully will help in locating more detailed records elsewhere.

The Lancashire Record Office holds an extensive collection of census microfilms relating to Lancashire.

Yorkshire West Riding records are held at Wakefield and also in smaller offices in Bradford, Halifax, Kirklees and Leeds.

Yorkshire North Riding records are held at Northallerton.

Yorkshire East Riding records are held at Beverley.

DVDs of the censuses for many counties are available for purchase from private companies.