Where can I see the Census

How do I look for the place I want to find.
    The national set of Census returns for England, Wales and the Channel Islands for the period 1841-1891 are held at the National Archives, Kew. They are on Microfilm and can be searched on site. Census records are also searchable online through Ancestry.co.uk (to 1891) and at 1901 Census Online.  
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The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel +44 (0) 20 8876 3444 (general enquiries)


    Similar copies are also widely available in family history centres of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
185 Penns Lane
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B76 1JU
Tel 0121 384 2028



Local studies libraries and county record offices may hold the returns for their own area. Local record offices sometimes prepare their own indexes to microfilm copies covering their area. Visit this web site which lists the Census material available to you locally.





The 1901 Census is available over the Internet.




    Scottish Census returns are held by the Registrar General for Scotland. (A computerised index to the 1881 and 1891 Census of Scotland is available at the Family Record Centre.) Also see below for online access to Scottish Census information. http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/
Ladywell House
Ladywell Road
Edinburgh Scotland EH12 7TF



Scots Origins

Scots Origins is the official, Governmental source of genealogical data for Scotland. It is an online "pay-per-view" database of indexes from the genealogical records of the General Register Office for Scotland including the index to Census records for 1891. The index to 1881 Census data will provided later this year (2000).



Ireland: The National Archives. No manuscript returns survive for 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. (The 1901 Census of Leitrim and Roscommon is available on the web).
1901 census in Ireland
National Archives of Ireland
Bishop Street
Dublin 8
Tel 00 35 31 4072300

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