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TWM Free CENsus Projects
plus an summary table for England, with the Channel Islands,
the Isle of Man and England & Wales Shipping
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We added 198,839 England records to the FreeCEN database on 27th Jul 2015

My name is Terry Waters-Marsh and I am the FreeCEN Coordinator for Wiltshire and the Middlesex parts of London 1871. If you are interested in assisting with either of these counties, please get in touch.

So, what is FreeCEN? — read below about this volunteer project.

Please use the links to the left to go to either of the counties in my care. Or see the England summary table which also gives the numbers of records already online for all the England counties by census year.

England summary

Records online by county and census year. A ‘0’ (zero) indicates that the transcription process has been started for that year.
Completed years are marked thus.
COUNTY RECORDS ONLINE for
Name & site Current Coord. 1841 Pop (est.) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1891
Records online 2,112,451 659,493 8,539,212 3,654,063 7,089,865
England pop (est.) 14,860,800 16,764,500 19,891,600 21,299,700 27,231,100
Percentage online (est.) 14.2 3.9 42.9 17.2 26.0
Total England records online [5] 22,381,271
Bedfordshire Brenda Bowers 107,900 0 0 30,636 0 165,885
Berkshire Brenda Bowers 161,147 0 17,748 4,726 7,347
Buckinghamshire Brenda Bowers 156,000 0 0 0 114,999
Cambridgeshire Ian Cameron 164,500 18,666
Cambridgeshire Bev Howlett 42,743
Channel Islands Brenda Bowers 76,100 50,927 5,673
Cheshire Brenda Bowers 395,700 0 0 24,336 21,567
Cornwall [1] 341,300 340,901 354,744 362,111 358,040 318,637
County Durham Carol Barber 324,300 531,261 375,519 47,458
Cumberland Carol Barber 178,000 156,127 106,175
Derbyshire Brenda Bowers 272,200 58,445 311,554
Devon Brenda Bowers 533,500 503,336 20,268 580,295 632,473
Dorset Carol Barber 175,000 56,489 0 46,737 30,050 38,419
Essex Brenda Bowers 345,000 0 97,389 116,156
Gloucestershire Chris Mahoney 431,400 125,179
Gloucestershire Brenda Bowers 53,731 0 93,125
Hampshire David Philpot 355,000 354,658 469,830
Herefordshire Brenda Bowers 113,900 0 0 126,614 0
Hertfordshire Brenda Bowers 157,200 0 34,223 0 29,585 21,900
Huntingdonshire Brenda Bowers 58,500 0 0 0 0 50,294
Isle of Man Brenda Bowers 48,000 6,660
Kent Rebekah House 548,300 0 11,389
Kent Jen Sheehan 223,040
Lancashire 1841 Brenda Bowers 1,667,000 0
Lancashire Neil Southern 1,624,269 301,528
Leicestershire John Toplis 215,900 166,962 235,335 46,553
Lincolnshire Michael Borrill 362,600 16,047 400,038 400,928 458,959
London 1891 (pt) Barbara Pearce 3,254,300
(in 1871)
N/A 269,895
London 1891 (pt) [2] Brenda Bowers
London 1871 [3] Terry Waters-Marsh [4] 4,751
Middlesex Ian Cameron 1,576,600 0 74,249 86,217
Middlesex Brenda Bowers 6,960
Norfolk Bev Howlett 412,700 423,431 412,466 315,375
Northamptonshire Brenda Bowers 199,200 0 0 12,919
Northumberland Carol Barber 250,300 331,794
Nottinghamshire Brenda Bowers 249,900 3,980 14,538 322,166 44,969 503,515
Oxfordshire Brenda Bowers 161,600 0 0 2,669 187,954
Rutland Michael Borrill 21,300 23,142 0 7,881
Shipping (England & Wales) [7] 99,200 13,674
Shropshire Brenda Bowers 239,000 0 10,725 11,048 6,469
Somerset Geoff Jarvis 436,000 414,123 77,752 461,835 159,687
Somerset 1891 Brenda Bowers 160,719
Staffordshire (North) Ian Cameron 510,500 0 457,737 111,664
Staffordshire (South) Dave Dudley
Suffolk William Butcher 315,100 80,342
Suffolk 1891 Brenda Bowers 162,445
Surrey Bev Howlett 582,700 54,843 23,306
Sussex Simon & Chris Brickell 299,800 143,060 358,160 420,025 553,971
Warwickshire Brenda Bowers 401,700 397,684 165,364 0 798,758
Westmorland Carol Barber 56,500 60,816 [8] 58,510 0
Wiltshire Terry Waters-Marsh 258,700 247,752 14,908 84,588 197,358 63,334
Worcestershire Brenda Bowers 233,300 0 24,648 0 39,250
Yorkshire (East Riding) Carol Barber 1,591,500 116,735 93,478 0
Yorkshire (North Riding) Carol Barber 102,963 105,148 3,734
Yorkshire (West Riding) Carol Barber 824,874 326,247 399,795

Footnotes

  1. The FreeCEN Cornwall team have also transcribed the 1881 census, putting a further 326,187 records online.
  2. London 1891, only the districts of Bethnal Green, Mile End, Pancras, Stepney, and Whitechapel.
  3. London 1871, only the Middlesex RDs.
  4. Figure for the Middlesex districts only.
  5. Includes the Cornwall 1881 records.
  6. All population estimates are taken from, or calculated from, the digitised Census Reports as seen on online historical population reports.
  7. This figure for Shipping (Navy plus Merchant Seamen) is for the whole of Great Britain and also includes prisoners aboard the convict hulks stationed in the River Medway, Chatham. A further 89,000 Army personnel were enumerated abroad or in Ireland.
  8. Although previously marked as complete, awaiting transcription of piece 5269 that was missing from initial scan set.

What is FreeCEN?

The FreeCEN project was commenced in 1999 with the aim to make high quality transcriptions of the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 England, Wales and Scotland censuses. The transcriptions are freely available online in an easy to access and search database.

The project is under the trusteeship of the FreeUKGEN group which also operates the FreeBMD and FreeREG projects — all these run on a 100% volunteer basis. Many thousands of volunteers from all over the world have contributed their time and efforts to make the census records freely available.

I first got involved in 1999 when I saw the call for volunteers for Wiltshire which is where my ancestors originated from. I started transcribing and knew I was hooked when I saw my first transcription online for the whole world to access.

Since then I have stepped up and taken on being the coordinator for Wiltshire (in 2000) and more recently London 1871.

There is still much work to be done to complete these counties. If you would like to be part of either of these wonderful and very worthwhile projects, please contact me, Terry Waters-Marsh.