Tips and Tricks - The UK Census


🌳   Read the help
🌳   Search creatively for
-  spelling variations
transcription errors or omissions
address info via keyword
🌳   Search all sites carrying the record set


It's important to know what information you might find for any one particular census year. So you are not searching on a field that wasn't collected at that time AND so you can be more creative with your keywords. eg: first name Richard keyword Baddow or Lower Green or Galleywood. The various location descriptions for Richard Saveall - who was found indexed at Ancestry as Sareall and at Findmypast as Sarcott.

The information about what was collected for any given UK Census record set is available at both Ancestry and Findmypast. 


SCROLL DOWN past the search query information when looking at any one particular census year eg: 1851 UK 

Keep scrolling down to see the "known problems"



Have you found all the Cenus records available? A check list can help with that. The Patient Genie's checklist includes UK, USA, and Canada Census dates as well as various Colonial Australian Census and Muster Rolls, and digitised Electoral Rolls for Australia and New Zealand. 

Further Reading

The National Archives of UK Research Guides

The Census 1801-1911 : A Guide for the Internet Era by Stuart A Raymond (out of print)