This Census was taken on the night of Sunday 30 March 1851. The total population being recorded as 17,922,768.
For the very first time, and running concurrently, was also a census of people attending religious services the same day.
Information given should include-First name, Middle name, Last name, Sex, Birth place, Age, Place of residence, County, and relationship to the head of each household. Another benefit to help us today, was the fact that each person’s marital status is shown, as well as the actual age of each person.
There are missing areas including parts of Cambridge, Dorset, Essex, Suffolk, Manchester, Chorlton, Salford, Oldham and parts of the Ashton-Under-Lyne registration districts.
This Census was first made available to the Public in 1912-the 100 year closure was not in effect at the time.
This was the first census to record the place of birth for each individual. The previous 1841 Census had only shown if an individual was born in the County the census was recorded. Much greater detail of each person’s occupation was also recorded in 1851.
It’s often also possible to determine-
- Where your ancestors were living.
- If they had any children?
- Who they were living with (if you’re lucky you might find other relatives with them)
- What their occupations were.
- If they had any servants.
- Who their neighbours were.
- If they had any brothers and sisters.
- What their ages were at the time of the census.
- If they had any disabilities.
The clerks who compiled the census data have made a variety of marks on the returns. Sadly, many of these tally marks are written over vital information, and some fields, such as ages, can often be very difficult to read as a result. Some of the more useful marks include a single slash between households within a building and a double slash separating households in separate buildings.