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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 185,808 England records to the FreeCEN database on 19th Sept 2016

Site last updated:
25th Sept 2016

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 2,446,096 974,899 9,202,745 4,214,959 326,187 7,395,298
England pop (est.) 14,860,800 16,764,500 19,891,600 21,299,700 24,396,900 27,231,100
Percentage online (est.) 16.5 5.8 46.3 19.8 1.3 27.2
Total England &c records online 24,560,184
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 Ian Cameron 164,500 18,666
Cambridgeshire Bev Howlett 52,086
Channel Islands Brenda Bowers 76,100 50,927 17,047
Cheshire Brenda Bowers 395,700 0 0 24,336 21,567
Cornwall 341,300 340,901 354,744 362,111 358,040 326,187 318,637
County Durham Carol Barber 324,300 531,261 566,315 47,458
Cumberland Carol Barber 178,000 156,127 135,556
Derbyshire Brenda Bowers 272,200 86,796 311,554
Devon Brenda Bowers 533,500 531,680 49,984 580,295 632,473
Dorset Carol Barber 175,000 56,489 0 46,737 30,050 38,419
Essex Brenda Bowers 345,000 0 129,239 125,581
Gloucestershire Chris Mahoney 431,400 283,559
Gloucestershire Brenda Bowers 53,731 0 93,125
Hampshire David Philpot 355,000 403,627 528,214
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 5,443 50,294
Isle of Man Brenda Bowers 48,000 6,660
Kent Rebekah House 548,300 40,606 49,220
Kent Jen Sheehan 236,887
Lancashire 1841 Brenda Bowers 1,667,000 0
Lancashire Neil Southern 1,942,331 301,528
Leicestershire John Toplis 215,900 206,341 263,565 46,553
Lincolnshire Michael Borrill 362,600 92,773 400,038 425,613 458,959
London 1891 (pt) Barbara Pearce 3,254,300
(in 1871)
N/A 4,751 305,719
London Brenda Bowers
Middlesex Ian Cameron 1,576,600 0 79,276 86,217
Middlesex Brenda Bowers 6,960
Norfolk Bev Howlett 412,700 423,431 429,781 420,425
Northamptonshire Brenda Bowers 199,200 0 0 12,919
Northumberland Carol Barber 250,300 331,794
Nottinghamshire Brenda Bowers 249,900 74,175 85,189 322,166 53,670 503,515
Oxfordshire Brenda Bowers 161,600 0 0 2,669 187,954
Rutland Michael Borrill 21,300 23,142 0 7,881
Shipping (England & Wales) [2] 99,200 23,585
Shropshire Brenda Bowers 239,000 0 15,550 11,048 6,469
Somerset Geoff Jarvis 436,000 414,123 223,593 461,835 233,800 0
Somerset 1891 Brenda Bowers 160,719
Staffordshire (North) Ian Cameron 510,500 0 499,312 111,664
Staffordshire (South) Dave Dudley
Suffolk William Butcher 315,100 80,342
Suffolk 1891 Brenda Bowers 171,266
Surrey Bev Howlett 582,700 69,928 23,306
Sussex Simon & Chris Brickell 299,800 212,258 358,160 420,025 553,971
Warwickshire Brenda Bowers 401,700 397,684 165,364 0 798,758
Westmorland Carol Barber 56,500 60,816 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 1,591,500 147,597 114,786 0
Yorkshire (North Riding) Carol Barber 112,038 131,992 3,734
Yorkshire (West Riding) Carol Barber 938,524 395,542 399,795

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.