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Welcome to the FreeCEN project for Lancashire 1861. 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 years for Lancashire are 1841 and 1891. Please visit the FreeCEN England site for more details of these years.

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.

However, we still have at least another million records to add to the present total — many hands, or rather fingers, should make short work of this. If you are interested in helping, please contact me, Neil Southern.

Progress tables by district

Hover over a Registration District (RD) on the map below to see a list of places it includes. Click on a RD to go to the status page for that district, or use the links to the right — the districts are grouped roughly according to which hundred they were originally part of.

Lancashire Registration Districts Lancaster RD Ulverston RD Fylde RD Garstang RD Blackburn RD Burnley RD Clitheroe RD Haslingden RD Chorley RD Preston RD Leigh RD Liverpool RD Ormskirk RD Prescot RD Warrington RD West Derby RD Wigan RD Ashton RD Barton RD Bolton RD Bury RD Chorlton RD Manchester RD Oldham RD Rochdale RD Salford RD

Sketch map of Lancashire showing the Registration Districts used in the organisation of the 1861 census

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.

Flag of Canada Flag of Australia Flag of the USA Flag of the Republic of Ireland Flag of Spain Flag of New Zealand Flag of Bulgaria Flag of France Flag of Malta Flag of Scotland Flag of England

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.