Welcome to the Early British Census Project
The Early British Census (EBC) project brings the numerous disparate pre-1841 census records into one searchable database.
The project offers valuable insight into household and occupational structures of early industrial Britain.
It also offers mentored research opportunities for students with historical and genealogical training.
Researchers can search by person, location, and occupational category. A full citation for the original, as well as for transcripts and copies, is provided for each entry.
The 1801-1831 censuses requested the number of women and men in each household and whether the household was employed in agriculture, trade, or other occupation. Most returns list only the head of household, but some contain more details about names, ages, marital status, residence, and occupation.
The database currently covers large portions of Kent, greater London, and Dorset as well as a smattering from other locations. Additional regions will be added over time. If you would like to volunteer with the project, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and say you'd like to join the EBC team.
We are grateful to the donors and the archives and libraries who support this work.
Image: 1801 Chiswick census. Manuscript held at Chiswick Local Studies Service.