1881 Census information...
1881 census. The 1881 census is very useful record set for tracing your ancestors in England and Wales. It was the first census available online and the date that is was conducted in 1881, means that many people can find a great grandparent in the records. In April 1881 census enumerators went round every home recording who was present.
How can the 1881 census help me discover my family history? The census records show a snapshot of your ancestor in 1881 and reveal their age, occupation, address and the people they were living with when the census was conducted in 1881. Before searching 1881 census records, the best place to start is by searching the 1901 census records first. By finding your great-grand father in this census, you can discover his parents and siblings and grow your family tree. Once you have found your relative in 1901 you can trace your family back into earlier census records.
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"I found out from the 1901 census that my ancestor used to be a steam engine whistle tester!" Austin, Pembrokeshire
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