1891 UK Census

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


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Introduction

The census of 1891 was taken on the night of April 5–6. 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.

Questions

The form used in 1891 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
  • number of rooms occupied if less than five
  • 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
  • whether employer, employed, or neither
  • where born (parish and county in Great Britain, country only if abroad)
  • whether deaf-and-dumb, blind, lunatic, imbecile, or idiot
  • language spoken (in Wales and Scotland).

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

Tips and Facts about the 1891 Census

The TNA record group for the 1891 census of England, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands is RG 12. Separate forms were provided for institutions, ships, and the Royal Navy.

The CEBs are made up of six preliminary pages and the nominal pages. Each page has thirty-one lines for names. Original paper forms are approximately 11" h x 16" w.

This is the first census where women were allowed to apply to be enumerators.

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