British Census Indexes, Transcripts, and Images Available Online or on CD

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This page summarizes the availability online and on CD of indexes, transcripts, and images of the 1841-1911 censuses of England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British shipping, and British military establishments overseas. In the charts, the name of each county (or island) is linked to the corresponding page at Genuki, where further details can generally be found. Details may also be available in Barry Ruck's Census FAQ or from the relevant family history society.

Please note: These charts do not include the many indexes and transcripts that are available on microfiche, as printed booklets, or via postal or email lookup services. Nor do they include the online indexes and transcripts that sometimes exist for individual parishes and towns. Details of these additional resources can also generally be found at Genuki or from the relevant family history society.

The following notation is used in the charts:

A        Images available on CD from Archive CD Books. (UK firm now closed but affiliates in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United States remain open and can ship to the UK.) Name index included in a few cases. A few counties are portions only
B Images and/or transcript available on CD or DVD from Gordon Beavington (some counties incomplete). Some transcripts formerly available online (but now apparently not)
C Online transcript available at Cenquest. Part-county only outside Pembrokeshire
D Online transcript by the Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway
E Images available on CD from Stepping Stones (now part of S&N Genealogy)
F Complete transcript available online at FreeCEN
f Partial transcript available online at FreeCEN
G Images, transcript, and index available online from ScotlandsPeople in partnership with the General Register Office for Scotland
H Complete transcript or index formerly available online at Family History Online (now closed). May now be available on CD from the originating family history society
h Incomplete (< 95%) or part-county transcript or index formerly available online at Family History Online (now closed). May now be available on CD from the originating family history society
I Other complete county-wide index available online or on CD or occasionally on diskette (see Genuki or the Census FAQ or the relevant family history society for details)
i Other major incomplete (< 95%) or part-county index available online or on CD or occasionally on diskette (see Genuki or the Census FAQ or the relevant family history society for details)
J Online transcript by Lorna Pratt
K Index online and for sale on CD by Alan Clarke
L Transcript produced by the LDS. Available on CD (and online except 1851 and Scotland 1881) at FamilySearch
M Other images available online or on CD (see Genuki or the Census FAQ or the relevant family history society for details)
N Images and index available from S&N Genealogy online (as The Genealogist) and on CD or DVD (as British Data Archive)
O Images and index available online at British Origins
P Images, transcript, and index available online at 1901CensusOnline.com (the "official" site formerly operated for the PRO by Qinetiq)
Q Complete transcript available online at Graham Maxwell Ancestry
q Partial transcript available online at Graham Maxwell Ancestry
R Online index provided by Roland Grigg
S Transcript or index (occasionally with images) produced by a family history society, available online or on CD (or occasionally diskette) but not at Family History Online. Part-county only in some cases
s Transcript or index currently in preparation by a family history society (except joint projects with FreeCEN) with online or CD release expected
T Other county-wide transcript available online or on CD (see Genuki or the Census FAQ or the relevant family history society for details)
U Online transcript at Durham Records Online (some years incomplete)
V Online index by Alexander Romanov-Hughes
W Images or index available on CD from Wales Genealogy (apparently now closed)
X Transcript or index available on CD from Wiltshire Ancestors (apparently now closed)
Y Images and index available online at Ancestry.com and Ancestry.co.uk (no images for Scotland). Index for some years available separately on CD from TWR Computing (UK) and Gould Genealogy (Australia)
Z Images and index available online at FindMyPast (no images for Scotland; 1911 also available at 1911census.co.uk)

Counties in England

County              1841     1851     1861     1871     1881     1891     1901     1911
All England  ..... ENOYZ .... NYZ.... NOYZ ... NOYZ ... LNYZ .... NYZ ... NPYZ .... NYZ
Bedfordshire ................. B ..... fA ....................... F ...................
Berkshire ............ W .... HB .... sf ...... h f ............. f ...................
Buckinghamshire ............. HB .... S ........................ Sf ...................
Cambridgeshire .... H A ..... H ....... A ....................... f ...................
Cheshire ............ A ..... S ....... A ..... S f ............. fW ..................
Cornwall .......... HFA .... FhB .... HFAW .... HAF .... Af .... hF ...... h ..........
Cumberland .................   R...... f ........................ f ...................
Derbyshire .......... A ..... H ...... fAW ..................... HfW ..................
Devon .............. fA .... fL ...... fA ...... A .............. F ...................
Dorset ............. fA ..... HB ..... fAW ..... Af ............ Sf ...................
Durham .............. AWU ... hUE .. U FA E .. E  fU .... U .... hf U..................
Essex ............... A ..... H E ... H A ....................... f ...................
Gloucestershire .... fA ..... HB ..... fAW ..................... hf B .... h ..........
Hampshire ................... h ...... fA ...... A ............. Hf ...................
Herefordshire ....... AW .... HB ...... A ....... FW ........... H ....... H ..........
Hertfordshire ....... A .... f B ................ f ............. f ...................
Huntingdonshire ..... A ......................................... F ...................
Kent ................. W ...... E .... fA ...................... hfW ..................
Lancashire .................. h E .... f ........................ f ...................
Leicestershire ...... AW .... h ...... fA ....... f ............ Hf ...................
Lincolnshire ...... S A ..... S E ... SFA ....... f ............ Hf ...... S ..........
London .............. A ....... E .............. Af .... A ...... f ...................
Middlesex .......... fAW ...... E .... fA ...... A .............  fW ..................
Norfolk ............. A ..... L E .... FA E .. E Af ............. f ...................
Northamptonshire .... A K ... H ....... A ....................... f ...................
Northumberland ....... W ..... AE .... fA E .. Eh .....................................
Nottinghamshire ..... A ...... A ..... fAW ...................... f ...................
Oxfordshire ....... S A ...... B .... S A ..... S f ............ Sf ...................
Rutland ............. A ..... H ..... HFA ...................... Hf ...................
Shropshire .......... A ..... HB ...... A ...................... hf ...... h ..........
Somerset ........... fA .... f B ..... FA ....... f ............ hf B .................
Staffordshire ....... A .... hSBE .... fA ...... A .............. f ...................
Suffolk ............. A ..... S ....... A ....... f ............. f ...................
Surrey .............. AW ...... E .............. Af ............ hfW ..................
Sussex ............ h  W ... fh ..... hfA ..... h f ............ hFW ..................
Warwickshire ...... hFA .... LhB .... hfA ..... h ............... F B .................
Westmorland ......... A ...... R...... F ........ F ...................................
Wiltshire .......... FA .... f BX .... fA ..... hAfX .......... I f B .................
Worcestershire ...... A ..... hB ..... fA ...... A ............. hf ...... h ..........
Yorkshire ......... h ....... hAE .. ShfA E ..... f ........... ihf ...................

Counties in Scotland

County              1841     1851     1861     1871     1881     1891     1901     1911
All Scotland ....... GYZ .... GYZ .... GYZ .... GYZ ... GLYZ .... GYZ .... GYZ ..... G 
Aberdeenshire ...... F ...... f .......................................................
Angus .............. F ................................................................
Argyll ............. F ...... f .......................................................
Ayrshire ........... F ..... SF ..... S ...............................................
Banffshire ......... F ...... F ...... F ..............................................
Berwickshire ........ Q ...... Q ...... Q .............................................
Bute ............... F ...... F ...... F ...... F .....................................
Caithness .......... F ...... F ...... F ...... F ...... f ............................
Clackmannanshire ... F ................................................................
Dumfriesshire ...... Fq ...... QD .... fq .............................................
Dunbartonshire ..... F ...... F .......................................................
East Lothian ....... Fq ..... Fq ..... Fq .............................................
Fife ............... F ...... F .......................................................
Inverness-shire .... F ...... f .......................................................
Kincardineshire .... F ...... F .......................................................
Kinross-shire ...... F V ..............................................................
Kirkcudbrightshire . f ....... qD .....................................................
Lanarkshire ........ F ...... fq ......................................................
Midlothian ......... Fq ..... Fq ...... q .............................................
Moray .............. f ...... F ...... F ...... f .....................................
Nairnshire ......... F ...... F ...... f ...... f .....................................
Orkney ............. F ...... f .......................................................
Peeblesshire ....... FQ ..... FQ ..... FQ ..... F .....................................
Perthshire ......... f ...... f .......................................................
Renfrewshire ...... Sf ...... f .......................................................
Ross and Cromarty .. F ...... f .......................................................
Roxburghshire ...... FQ ..... FQ ..... fQ .............................................
Selkirkshire ....... FQ ..... FQ ..... FQ ..... F .....................................
Shetland ........... f ................................................................
Stirlingshire ...... F ...... F .......................................................
Sutherland ......... f ................................................................
West Lothian ....... F ................................................................
Wigtownshire ....... F ...... FqD .... f ...... f .....................................

Counties in Wales

County              1841     1851     1861     1871     1881     1891     1901     1911
All Wales ......... ENOYZ ... NYZ.... NOYZ ... NOYZ ... LNYZ .... NYZ ... NPYZ .... NYZ
Anglesey ........... W ................. f .... f .....................................
Breconshire ........ WS ..... S ...... S ..... S ............... h ...... hS ..........
Caernarvonshire .... W ........................ f ............... f ...................
Cardiganshire ...... W ........................................... C ..................
Carmarthenshire .... W ..... W ........ W ..... fW ............... CW ..... W .........
Denbighshire ....... W ................. f .... f ............... f ...................
Flintshire ......... W ................. f .... F ............... f ...................
Glamorgan .......... WHA ..... H ..... S ...... fWA ............. fs ..................
Merionethshire ..... W ........................ f .....................................
Monmouthshire ...... W A ..... h ..... S ...... f .............. h S ..................
Montgomeryshire .... W ...... Sh ......................................................
Pembrokeshire ..... CW .............. A W ...... C ..... C ....... C ..................
Radnorshire ......... s ...... h ..... S ..... S ............... h ....... S ..........

Islands, Shipping, and Military Establishments Overseas

Island              1841     1851     1861     1871     1881     1891     1901     1911
All Isl/Ships/Mil . ENOYZ ... NYZ ..... YZ ..... YZ ... LNYZ .... NYZ ... NPYZ .... NYZ
Alderney ........... J .............. NOF .... NO .....................................
Guernsey ........... J .............. NOf .... NO .....................................
Jersey ............. J .............. NOf .... NO .....................................
Sark ............... J ............... ++ .... NO .....................................
Isle of Man ......................... NOf .... NO .....................................
Royal Navy Ships ... ** ..... ** .... NO A ... NO ............... ** ..................
Merchant Ships ..... ** ..... ** .... NOfA .... ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** 
Scottish Ships ..... ** ..... ** ....  Gf ..... Gf ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** 
Military Overseas .. ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** ..... ** .........

++ Sark 1861 is missing.                                                      
** In the indicated years shipping was recorded at the nearest port, not enumerated at
   all, or in some cases enumerated but then destroyed; military establishments overseas
   were not enumerated before 1911.

content last revised 15 Sep 2013