England Free CENsus Project
England overview plus county projects in the care of TWM County projects map

We added 529,265 England records to the FreeCEN database on 29th August 2014

My name is Terry Waters-Marsh and I am the FreeCEN Coordinator for England. I am also the coordinator for a number of county projects in the South West, the Midlands and the North West of England. This amounts to a very high coordination load for me — if you are interested in assisting with any of these counties, please get in touch so that we can discuss your participation.

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

Please use the graphic below or the links to the left to go to a specific county 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.

Navigation graphic Bedfordshire, BDF Buckinghamshire, BKM Berkshire, BRK Cheshire, CHS Dorset, DOR Gloucestershire, GLS Herefordshire, HEF Hertfordshire, HRT Huntingdonshire, HUN Lancashire, LAN London, LND Middlesex, MDX Northamptonshire, NTH Oxfordshire, OXF Shropshire, SAL Somerset, SOM Warwickshire, WAR Wiltshire, WIL Worcestershire, WOR

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 1,863,473 596,345 7,938,773 3,136,925 6,860,311
England pop (est.) 14,860,800 16,764,500 19,891,600 21,299,700 27,231,100
Percentage online (est.) 12.5 3.6 39.9 14.7 25.2
Total England records online [5] 20,722,014
Bedfordshire Terry Waters-Marsh 107,900 0 0 30,636 0 165,885
Berkshire Terry Waters-Marsh 161,147 0 17,748 4,726 7,347
Buckinghamshire Terry Waters-Marsh 156,000 0 0 0 114,999
Cambridgeshire Ian Cameron 164,500 18,666
Cambridgeshire Bev Howlett 37,271
Channel Islands Brenda Bowers 76,100 50,927 0
Cheshire Terry Waters-Marsh 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 324,300 531,261 270,529 47,458
Cumberland Carol Barber 178,000 156,127 89,521
Derbyshire Brenda Bowers 272,200 42,137 277,683
Devon Brenda Bowers 533,500 419,587 20,268 580,295 632,473
Dorset Terry Waters-Marsh 175,000 56,489 0 46,737 30,050 38,419
Essex Brenda Bowers 345,000 0 27,104 88,188
Gloucestershire Chris Mahoney 431,400 73,737
Gloucestershire Terry Waters-Marsh 53,731 0 93,125
Hampshire David Philpot 355,000 330,289 383,509
Herefordshire Terry Waters-Marsh 113,900 0 0 126,614 0
Hertfordshire Terry Waters-Marsh 157,200 0 34,223 0 29,585 21,900
Huntingdonshire Terry Waters-Marsh 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 207,793
Lancashire Terry Waters-Marsh 1,667,000 0 301,528
Lancashire 1861 Neil Southern 1,435,654
Leicestershire Brenda Bowers 215,900 41,828
Leicestershire John Toplis 146,094 198,284
Lincolnshire Michael Borrill 362,600 400,038 313,010 458,959
London (part) [2] Barbara Pearce 3,254,300
(in 1871)
N/A 269,895
London (part) [3] Terry Waters-Marsh N/A [4] 4,751
Middlesex Ian Cameron 1,576,600 0 52,293 86,217
Middlesex Terry Waters-Marsh 6,960
Norfolk Bev Howlett 412,700 423,431 407,549 280,118
Northamptonshire Terry Waters-Marsh 199,200 0 0 12,919
Northumberland Carol Barber 250,300 331,794
Nottinghamshire Brenda Bowers 249,900 177,501 489,902
Oxfordshire Terry Waters-Marsh 161,600 0 0 2,669 187,954
Rutland Michael Borrill 21,300 23,142 0 7,881
Shipping (England & Wales) [7] 99,200 4,797
Shropshire Terry Waters-Marsh 239,000 0 11,048 0 6,469
Somerset Geoff Jarvis 436,000 320,363 77,752 461,835 147,591
Somerset Terry Waters-Marsh 160,719
Staffordshire (North) Ian Cameron 510,500 0 422,392 111,664
Staffordshire (South) Dave Dudley
Suffolk William Butcher 315,100 80,342 162,445
Surrey Bev Howlett 582,700 37,259 23,306
Sussex Simon & Chris Brickell 299,800 94,450 358,160 420,025 553,971
Warwickshire Terry Waters-Marsh 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 Terry Waters-Marsh 233,300 0 24,648 0 39,250
Yorkshire (East Riding) Carol Barber 1,591,500 73,902 79,125 0
Yorkshire (North Riding) Carol Barber 81,647 66,993 3,734
Yorkshire (West Riding) Carol Barber 764,834 241,427 399,795

Footnotes

  1. The FreeCEN Cornwall team have also transcribed the 1881 census, putting a further 326,187 records online.
  2. Only 1891 and only the districts of Bethnal Green, Mile End, Pancras, Stepney, and Whitechapel.
  3. For 1871, only the Middlesex RDs; all of 1891 except the districts of Bethnal Green, Mile End, Pancras, Stepney, and Whitechapel.
  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 many other counties while we seek out coordinators for those counties. In 2004 the then FreeCEN President asked me to become the coordinator for England as well, a task I have enjoyed every moment since. The saddest day in the future (but eagerly anticipated) is when we can say, “The job is done!!”.

However, there is still much work to be done to complete the venture. If you would like to be part of this wonderful and very worthwhile project, please contact me, Terry Waters-Marsh.