1871 UK Census

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This article originally appeared in Finding Answers in British Isles Census Records by Echo King, AG.


The 1871 census was taken on the night of April 2–3. The questions on the census were addressed to all people residing in the house that night, plus night workers who would return in the morning.


The form used in 1871 called for the following:

  • order of enumeration
  • name of street, place, or road and name or number of house
  • number of inhabited houses
  • number of houses uninhabited
  • number of houses being built
  • name of all persons who slept in the home census night
  • relationship to head of family
  • marital condition (M, U, or W)
  • age in years
  • sex
  • occupation
  • where born (parish and county in Great Britain, country only if abroad)
  • whether deaf-and-dumb, blind, imbecile or idiot, or lunatic.

The Scotland census asked an additional question about the number of rooms with one or more windows.

Tips and Facts about the 1871 Census

The TNA record group for the 1871 census of England, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands is RG 10. There are separate forms for ships and the Royal Navy.

The CEBs are made up of six preliminary pages and the nominal pages. Each page has twenty-five lines for names. Original paper forms are approximately 9 1/2" h x 15" w.

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