General Register Office: 1891 Census Returns

Details of RG 12
Reference:RG 12
Title:
General Register Office: 1891 Census Returns
Description:

Enumerators' schedules of returns made by heads of households, which include the names, age, sex, occupation and parish and county of birth of individual members of the population of England, Wales and the Channel Islands; included in this series are returns from ships of the Royal Navy at sea and in ports abroad.

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Date: 1891 April 5
Arrangement:

The index to the census returns for 1881 contain all the place names appearing in the population tables of the Registrar General's census reports together with the names of the county and registration district, and the reference numbers to the registration district and sub-district in which the place is situated. Wherever a civil parish extends to more than one census volume, the circumstance is indicated by the addition of '(part)' to the name of that parish, and wherever a civil parish extends to more than one registration district this is explained in a footnote.

Institutions and merchant vessels which were selected for special tabulation in the Registrar General's census reports, are arranged within registration districts, sub-districts and civil parishes are identified by the following numerals after the place name:

  • (1) Barracks and military quarters;
  • (2) HM ships at home;
  • (3) Workhouses (including pauper schools);
  • (4) Hospitals (sick, convalescent, incurable);
  • (5) Lunatic asylums (public and private);
  • (6) Prisons;
  • (7) Certified reformatories and industrial schools;
  • (8) Merchant vessels;
  • (9) Schools.

Street Indexes are available for all metropolitan districts, and districts with populations exceeding 40,000.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: General Register Office, 1836-1970
Physical description: 4708 volume(s)
Access conditions: Available in digital format
Publication note: See PRO leaflet 'How to Use: The 1891 Census'
Unpublished finding aids: Surname, place and street indexes are available

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