1841 Description of Enumeration District
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1841 census - 6 June

transcribed by Jayne Smith

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Class: HO 107; Piece: 196 / 4
Civil Parish: Staveley (Eckington)
Enumeration District : 13
Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1841. Data imaged from the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.

The 1841 Census of England was taken on the night of 6 June. It was the first census conducted by the General Register Office to record the names of everyone in a household or institution.

The Census forms were distributed to all households a couple of days before census night and the completed forms were collected the following day. All forms were meant to accurately reflect each individual's status as of 6 June 1841 and the household they spent the night in. People who were travelling or living abroad were recorded at the location where they spent the night. All of the details from the individual forms were later sorted and copied into The Census books, which are the original records you can view images of today.

Information collected:

  • Name of street, avenue, road, etc.
  • House name or number
  • Surname of head of household
  • Name of persons who had spent the night in the household
  • Age*
  • Sex
  • Person’s occupation
  • Where born**

*The ages of people over 15 years old were usually rounded down to the nearest 5 years. For example, someone who was actually 24 years would have their age listed as 20, and someone who was actually 27 years old would have their age listed as 25.

**The "Where Born" column only asked two questions - 1) whether born in same county, and 2) whether born in Scotland, Ireland, or Foreign Parts. Possible answers and abbreviations to question No. 1 include: Yes (Y), No, (N), or Not Known (NK). For question No. 2, the following abbreviations were used: Scotland (S), Ireland (I), and Foreign Parts (F).

A major problem with the 1841 census is that it was written in pencil rather than pen. This has resulted in many faded pages which have proved unreadable but various online genealogical resources along with companies selling census on CD have been able to scan the images to create more readable images.

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