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FreeCEN England Summary
plus the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man
and England & Wales Shipping

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We added 173,054 England records to the FreeCEN database on 19 Oct 2017

Last updated:
21 Oct 2017

The FreeCEN project began in 1999 with the aim of making high quality transcriptions of the 19th century England, Wales and Scotland censuses freely available in a searchable database.

FreeCEN is under the trusteeship of Free UK Genealogy which also includes 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.

If you have a general enquiry about the FreeCEN project, or would like to volunteer as a transcriber, please contact Brenda Bowers.

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 1881 1891
Records online 2,682,138 1,388,173 9,885,919 4,728,674 326,187 7,609,570
England pop (est.) 14,860,800 16,764,500 19,891,600 21,299,700 24,396,900 27,231,100
Percentage online (est.) 18.0 8.3 49.7 22.2 1.3 27.9
Total England &c records online 26,620,661
Bedfordshire Brenda Bowers 107,900 0 0 30,636 165,885
Berkshire Brenda Bowers 161,147 0 17,748 4,726 7,347
Buckinghamshire Brenda Bowers 156,000 0 0 0 114,999
Cambridgeshire Bev Howlett 164,500 18,666 76,418
Channel Islands Brenda Bowers 76,100 50,927 20,660
Cheshire Brenda Bowers 395,700 0 0 29,390 21,567
Cornwall 341,300 340,901 354,744 362,111 358,040 326,187 318,637
County Durham Carol Barber 324,300 531,261 685,440 47,458
Cumberland Carol Barber 178,000 156,127 148,259
Derbyshire Brenda Bowers 272,200 107,370 317,722
Devon Brenda Bowers 533,500 531,680 142,343 580,295 632,473
Dorset Carol Barber 175,000 56,489 0 46,737 30,050 38,419
Essex Brenda Bowers 345,000 0 153,874 138,353
Gloucestershire Chris Mahoney 431,400 424,384
Gloucestershire Brenda Bowers 69,912 0 93,125
Hampshire David Philpot 355,000 432,888 542,644
Herefordshire Jane Earles 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 9,481 50,294
Isle of Man Brenda Bowers 48,000 6,660
Kent Rebekah House 548,300 57,794 49,220
Kent Jen Sheehan 270,930
Lancashire 1841 Brenda Bowers 1,667,000 0
Lancashire Neil Southern 2,183,503 317,337
Leicestershire John Toplis 215,900 241,995 267,663 64,689
Lincolnshire Michael Borrill 362,600 116,372 400,038 425,613 458,959
London 1891 (pt) Barbara Pearce 3,254,300
(in 1871)
N/A 4,751 320,226
London Brenda Bowers
Middlesex Ian Cameron 1,576,600 0 84,006 86,217
Middlesex Brenda Bowers 6,960
Norfolk Bev Howlett 412,700 423,431 429,781 448,613
Northamptonshire Brenda Bowers 199,200 0 0 16,190
Northumberland Carol Barber 250,300 331,794
Nottinghamshire Brenda Bowers 249,900 145,793 203,124 322,166 96,669 497,347
Oxfordshire Brenda Bowers 161,600 0 0 2,669 187,954
Rutland Michael Borrill 21,300 23,142 1,559 7,881
Shipping (England & Wales) [2] 99,200 26,042
Shropshire Brenda Bowers 239,000 0 15,550 19,086 6,469
Somerset Geoff Jarvis 436,000 414,123 328,748 461,835 286,514 0 174,207
Staffordshire (North) Ian Cameron 510,500 0 511,033 138,034
Staffordshire (South) Dave Dudley
Suffolk Bev Howlett 315,100 110,017 197,919
Surrey Bev Howlett 582,700 69,928 23,306
Sussex Simon & Chris Brickell 299,800 310,083 358,160 420,025 553,971
Warwickshire Brenda Bowers 401,700 397,684 256,303 0 798,758
Westmorland Carol Barber 56,500 60,816 65,135 0
Wiltshire Brenda Bowers 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 1,591,500 212,256 131,402 0
Yorkshire (North Riding) Carol Barber 142,026 141,652 3,734
Yorkshire (West Riding) Carol Barber 1,040,319 573,858 399,795

Footnotes

  1. All population estimates are taken from, or calculated from, the digitised Census Reports as seen on online historical population reports.
  2. 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.