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FreeCEN Lancashire — 1861 & 1891

Welcome to the FreeCEN projects for Lancashire 1861 and 1891. This is part of the much larger FreeCEN UK project which is creating an online database of all the nineteenth century UK census returns.

The other active census year for Lancashire is 1841. Please visit the main FreeCEN site for more details of the 1841 transcription.

1861 census

This is the most advanced Lancashire census year, thanks to previous coordinator Jenny Anderton and the team of volunteers who put over a million records online by March 2013.

We have taken that total to more more than two million records, with still some work to do around Liverpool and Manchester. If you are interested in helping, please contact me, Neil Southern.

1891 census

This transcription is well under way, thanks again to the efforts of Jenny Anderton and her team of volunteers, but there are many pieces still available to work on.

Our volunteers

Below are the flags of some of the countries where Lancashire transcribers and checkers live — a world-wide project from Northern Canada to New Zealand, with many stops in between.

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You need no special equipment to volunteer, just a computer and a program that will accept very basic spreadsheets. If you are unsure that it is for you, then apply and I will find a short Enumeration District for you to try. Be reassured that you’ll never walk alone whilst there are volunteers on the helpers’ and chat lists. A willing band of transcribers and coordinators will help you with your questions if you are unable to find the answer in our help section.

If you are interested in helping with this project, or would like more information, please contact me, Neil Southern.