Use the London Census to trace your ancestors

London Census data 1841-1901 now available for research in your own home

On this website you will find information about the London Census from 1841 to 1901, and how you can use the census records to research your family history.

Take a look at our London Census Introduction page to find out about using the London Census to learn more about your ancestors.

You can also find well-known people in the London Census, which you can see on our Case Studies page.

If you would like to find out more about life in London in the nineteenth century, have a look at our London Facts page.

For your research in London and across the country, you can visit the London Census Links page, which will link you to websites that will help you with your research.

Getting the London Census in your Home

You don't need to buy a large microfilm/microfiche scanner to view the census anymore - all you need is a computer. The London Census data for 1841-1901 has been made available by S&N Genealogy Supplies for you to view online or view on CD.

S&N is the only company offering this range of years for London, and it is an excellent way of finding ancestors who lived in the capital. London Census data is available for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.

Why not try a FREE search of the London census online?

Find your ancestors in minutes with the London Census Complete Name Index

If you don't have much information about who you are looking for, searching through the census pages can be a time consuming process. The indexes for the London Census are available online and on CD, and are fully searchable by name and age, enabling you to locate the people you are looking for very quickly. You can also view all of the original enumerators' records either online or on CD - to find out more see the Census CDs page.

Country-wide Census Online and on CD-ROMs

Census records for England and Wales is available online as images, indexes and transcripts, and are also available on CD-ROM.

For online subscriptions and access, you can visit www.TheGenealogist.co.uk, and for CDs see www.GenealogySupplies.com or www.BritishDataArchive.com.

For more information about census and other records, you can see more links to family history and genealogy websites.

Daily Information and News about the Census and BMDs

Case Study - Sir Frank Whittle
Sir Frank Whittle (1907 - 1996) was a Royal Air Force officer who invented the Jet engine. This is how his birth record was found.

 

Anatomy of the Census Page
Not every piece of information is obvious to the casual observer, so to make sure that you extract every useful piece of information from the census page.

 

The Difference between a Name Index and a Transcript
Ever wondered what the difference between a name index and a transcript was?

 

The Census - What information can I find in each year?
A census was taken every 10 years from 1810, but were only useful to genealogists as of 1841.