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The London Census - Trace your London Ancestors

Use the London Census in your own home

On this website you will find information about the London Census from 1841 to 1911, and how you can use the census records to research your family history.

Take a look at our London Census Introduction page to find out about using the London Census to learn more about your ancestors.

You can also find well-known people in the London Census, which you can see on our Case Studies page.

If you would like to find out more about life in London in the nineteenth century, have a look at our London Facts page.

For your research in London and across the country, you can visit the London Census Links page, which will link you to websites that will help you with your research.

Getting the London Census in your Home

London Census on CDYou don't need to buy a large microfilm/microfiche scanner to view the census anymore - all you need is a computer. The London Census data for 1841-1911 has been made available by S&N Genealogy Supplies for you to view online (1841-1911) or view on CD (1841-1901).

S&N is the only company offering this range of years for London, and it is an excellent way of finding ancestors who lived in the capital. London Census data is available for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 1901 and 1911.

Why not try a FREE search of the London census online?

Find your ancestors in minutes with the London Census Complete Name Index

If you don't have much information about who you are looking for, searching through the census pages can be a time consuming process. The indexes for the London Census are available online and on CD, and are fully searchable by name and age, enabling you to locate the people you are looking for very quickly. You can also view all of the original enumerators' records either online or on CD - to find out more see the Census CDs page.

Country-wide Census Online and on CD-ROMs

Census records for England and Wales is available online as images, indexes and transcripts, and are also available on CD-ROM.

For online subscriptions and access, you can visit, and for CDs see or

For more information about census and other records, you can see more links to family history and genealogy websites.

Daily Information and News about the Census and BMDs

Enoch Arnold Bennett in the 1871 Census
Enoch Arnold Bennett was a Novelist, born in Staffordshire. You can find him in the 1871 Staffordshire census at the age of three.


Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.


The Census - What information can I find in each year?
A census was taken every 10 years from 1810, but were only useful to genealogists as of 1841.


Anatomy of the Census Page
Not every piece of information is obvious to the casual observer, so to make sure that you extract every useful piece of information from the census page.