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About the 1901 census for England, Wales and Scotland
The 1901 census was taken on 31 March and gave the total population as 36,967,126.
Read our comprehensive guide to the census including known issues with the 1901 census
Searching the 1901 UK census
The golden rule of family history is to check the original historical record, or 'primary source', wherever possible. We have provided clear images of the original census enumeration books for you to view once you've found the right family in the indexes.
When using census returns you should first search the transcriptions to help locate your ancestor in the census, and then view the original images to validate your findings. It will also help you see the household in the context of surrounding households.
This is particularly important as transcribing an entire census is a huge and difficult task, and whilst we have used the expertise of our transcribers and the experience of key representatives from the genealogy community to help us translate the records, it is inevitable that there will be some errors.
Read further tips on searching the 1901 census by clicking on the search tips pane, above.
Note: the census includes details of people resident in docked vessels and institutions such as prisons, workhouses, hospitals, and barracks, as well as individual households.
What can you find in the 1901 census?
Census returns can not only help us determine who our ancestors were, but they can also tell us
- Where your ancestors were living
- Who they were living with
- What their occupations were
- Whether they were an employer or employee
- 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
As well as giving us the above information, the fact that census returns are taken every ten years also allows us to track the movements of our ancestors through time as they perhaps move house, get married, have children or even change occupations.
The fields which have been transcribed for the 1901 census on findmypast are:
- First name
- Middle name
- Last name
- Birth place
- Place of residence
- Relationship to head of household
As well as searching for a person, you can also search the 1901 census by address - ideal for tracing your house history or exploring the local history of an area.
By noting how many households there were in a building, and whether the household included servants or boarders or visitors, you can gain insight into the social circumstances of the family.Search the other Victorian censuses on findmypast
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How to search the census by address
At findmypast.co.uk, less is more. The best way to start searching the census is with just a street name.
You need to enter the full street name in your search. A search for 'Garner', for example, will produce no results. You would need to search for 'Garner Lane', 'Garner Street' or similar.
If a basic street name search gives you too many possible matches, you can refine your search and add more detail. Click the 'refine search' button on the results page to return to this search box and add more information.
Finding a property with no street name
If the property you're looking for has no street name, try entering the name of a parish, town or city in the 'residential place' box, as shown below.
Findmypast.co.uk will show you a list of properties with that place listed in the address.
Please note that the way addresses were recorded and made searchable differs slightly from census to census.
It is, therefore, worth trying different 'residential place' searches if you can't find the address you're looking for. A search for 'Islington', for example, may return results that a search for 'London' will not.
Can't find the address you're looking for?
- Try leaving most of the search boxes empty. The address may not have been recorded as you would expect, so the details you enter could exclude relevant results. It's always best to start your search with just a street name.
- If the address could be easily misspelled, try using a wildcard search. Just use a * symbol in place of a letter or multiple letters. Instead of searching for 'Loughborough Road', for example, you could search for 'Lo*rough Road' or 'Loughborough*'.
Please note that if you decide to use a wildcard search in the 'street name' box, you'll need to add a search term without a wildcard in the 'residential place' box too.
Similarly, if you decide to use a wildcard search in the 'residential place' box, you'll need to add a search term without a wildcard in the 'street name' box too.