This is a growing list of information regarding the CENSUS taken in Warwickshire It's under construction, so will certainly change as I get more info Please email me at Warks Census info if you can add anything to this page - i.e. INDEXES HELD - What year, What Place, Where held, How to access ? WHAT'S ON THE WEB - Location of data that we can get our mouse on ?? LOOKUPS AVAILABLE - What can you access, and what can you do ? ANY MORE INFORMATION ??????????? BACKGROUND: As usual in typical British feelings, every time the authorities wanted to have some kind of survey or national census, it was strongly opposed by the public who thought it would be an invasion of privacy and impairment of freedom. (Many of us can remember similar feelings over centralizing the driving license and issuing National Health numbers - it was felt that an ID card would follow soon) Thus research into the population numbers was delayed by about 50 years, with the first attempts being wanted in 1750's but the first national one being held in 1801. These have been held every 10 years since (except 1941), but the data in them has varied enormously. Early ones, just had the household statistics like the name of the head, and the number of people of a certain age group without names etc. In 1841 that improved slightly, and most people were named. From there onwards information, useful to genealogists, improved steadily. Remember there is a 100 year secrecy rule for most such data in UK, so data collected in 1891 was not available to the public until 1992, the 1921 one will be released in 2022 (get the idea ?) Before that, it is possible to get data from the government, but it is usually VERY limited information, like the name, age and birthplace of the head of household (NOT usually the other names etc.) and of course it is very expensive (well what did you expect) 1911 extractions cost about £40 !! (Note that the law says that census data is protected for 30 years, unless further restricted, and most have had the 100 year restriction applied. The 1901 and 1911 census data never had that additional restriction, but the government still refused to release the 1901 data until 2002 (should have been Jan, but we all know the fiasco :-( ) There are numerous moves to get the 1911 census released 'early' but somehow I doubt this will ever happen. Try looking at: 1911 Info or to the UK Parliament Search page entering Question No: 55825 and date: 26 October 1998, and hitting the search key) There are other sources of population and household survey, but these were usually on a localised basis, such as Hearth Tax returns, and town Surveys done from time to time. WHAT DATES WERE THE NATIONAL CENSUS TAKEN: As said above, every 10 years, but we even know which nights the census was taken: 1801 - Sun. 1 March 1811 - Mon. 27 May 1821 - Mon. 28 May 1831 - Mon. 30 May 1841 - Sun. 6 June - 1841 Instructions to Enumerator & Penalty Notice 1851 - Sun. March 30th / 31st March - 1851 Instructions to Household & Return Form 1861 - Sun. April 7th & 8th - 1861 Instructions to Household & Ship Instructions & Ship Return Form 1871 - Sun. April 2nd & 3rd - 1871 Instructions to Enumerator & Enumerator's Summary 1881 - Sun. April 3rd 1891 - Sun. April 5th 1901 - Sun. March 31st Available on the Internet www.1901census.nationalarchives.gov.uk - 1901 Instructions to Enumerator 1911 - Sun. 2 April Available on the Internet www.1911census.co.uk - Example Return Form & Part of the Enumerators Instructions 1921 - Sun. 19 June [ Probably not available to public until January, 2022 ] 1931 - Sun. 26 April [ Destroyed 'by enemy action' in WW-II ] 1941 - Not taken due to wartime conditions EARLY CENSUS INFORMATION AVAILABLE: 1781 for Chilvers Coton, names of householders with ages - in WRO (Transcription available from Warwickshire FHS ) 1782 for Astley, names of householders with ages - in WRO (Transcription available from Warwickshire FHS ) 1790 for Alcester, Warwick, Southam and Stratford-upon-Avon census from the Warwickshire FHS 1801 for Brinklow, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1801 for Church Lawford, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1801 for Hillmorton, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1811 for Barston, 'All' named - in WRO 1811 for Coleshill, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1811 for Warwick - St Mary, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1821 for Bedworth, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO. (Transcription available from Warwickshire FHS ) 1821 for Barston, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1821 for Coleshill, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1821 for Farnborough, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1821 for Kineton, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1821 for Rugby, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO & RPL 1821 for Southam, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO & SoG 1821 for Warwick - St Mary, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1831 for Halford, Householders named with household numbers - in WRO 1831 for Coleshill, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1831 for Warwick - St Mary, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO 1831 for Warwick - St Nicholas, names of householders & occupant numbers - in WRO CENSUS INDEXES IN WARWICKSHIRE In Warwickshire, there are a number of places that have been indexed over the years and these make life much easier, as you don't have to search for hours to find a needle in a haystack. The PRO sell several fiches to the public PRO Email Contact Some early information from Warwick town is indexed on my pages below (see the buttons) The Warwick County Record office has a list of the indexes they hold on the web (the list is on the web, not the indexes at the moment) Due to the changes in the Warwickshire web pages at the moment, it is best to search for them. Go to: Warwickshire Web and click on "Find" then search for "County Record Office" there are a bunch of great links ! The Coventry City Library and Local Studies Library has a web page with details of what they hold on it - see CRO Index Page The Birmingham City Library has a web page with details of what they hold on it - see Brum Info The Hereford Record office has a web page on Hereford CRO and try The Hereford FHS web page on The Record Office The Lichfield Record office has a web page on Lichfield RO Look for the link to their Online Searchable Catalogue The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has a web page on Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Gordon Beavington has indexed many places in the Southern part of Warwickshire, and has CDs available Contact: Gordon Beavington or see mycensuses.com 1821 for Bedworth is transcribed and available from the Warwickshire FHS 1841 for Warwick town is indexed in the WRO 1841 FreeCEN data now Online FREE ! 1851 for Warwick town is indexed in the WRO 1851 Census was put out as a pilot study by the LDS, and is available on CD (WAR, NFK, & DEV) 1861 FreeCEN data is now mostly Online FREE ! 1861 for Warwick town is indexed in the WRO 1861 for Leamington Spa is indexed in the WRO 1861 for Coventry is for sale on fiche from the PRO 26 fiche set costs about £73 PRO Email Contact 1861 for Harbury & Knowle is indexed by the WRO 1871 for Warwick town is indexed in the WRO 1881 Census for the whole of the UK is on CD available from the LDS, also online at Ancestry UK 1881 census 1881 Census strays for ALL Coventry born strays found outside Warwickshire, are on Covkid's Page 1891 FreeCEN data now starting to go Online FREE ! 1891 for Ashow from the Warwickshire FHS 1891 for Hatton (Village & Asylum) from the Warwickshire FHS 1891 census for Birmingham, Aston, Handsworth, also Rugby is indexed privately and can be searched for a fee, contact: Mr. James Wilson, 71 Heath Croft Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 6NQ. Postal enquiries only. Cost is £7 for first 100 names. Send SAE or IRC for details. 1891 Census for Coventry, Index - c/o Peter Cobbett, 17 Green Lane, Coventry CV3 6DH 1901 Census for Nuneaton, Index - Transcribed by Alva King Nuneaton Surnames Online Index Courtesy of the Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society. . . . Notes: LDS = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, see their Family History website RPL = Rugby Public Library SoG = Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA SoG WRO = Warwick Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JS Link to WRO PRO = Public Record Office, First Avenue House, 42 - 49 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6NP. PRO BMSGH = Birmingham & Midland Soc. for Gen. & Heraldry, Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS BMSGH . . !
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