London Census data 1841-1911 - available for research in your own home
On this website you will find information about the London Census for each decade from 1841 to 1911, and how you can use these records to research your family history.
Take a look at our London Census Introduction page to find out how you can use 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 out 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.
How can I get the London Census in my own home?
You don't need to buy a large microfilm/microfiche scanner - 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.
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.
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.